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Lucky Radley

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft safety Lucky Radley is going to the Mountain West...

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft safety/running back Lucky Radley became the third Toreardor to announce his college decision, doing so on Wednesday afternoon.

Radley, a three-star safety, picked Utah over Texas Tech and North Carolina.

"I'm going with the Utes of Utah," said Radley. "I just felt comfortable there for the next four years. They want me to play running back."

Radley said the offensive angle impressed him.

"After I learn everything on the offense, they said they can throw me in on some DB to and maybe go both ways. But I'll start out as a running back."

Radley said he's been keeping things quiet for the past few weeks, including to some of the Utah commits he knows.

"Kenneth Scott is my boy, but I didn't tell him. I've been playing Utah down. And Brian Blechen is a great dude too," said Radley. "Them being there, that played a role too."

The recent success of the Utes weighed heavily with Radley.

"They're on an eight-game bowl winning streak and they're a great program, from top to bottom. They're on the upswing. Coach (Kyle) Whittingham is a great coach and I know he's a great coach because his name was in on the Florida job, the USC job and the Tennessee job. They're offering him a head coaching job everywhere and he's staying. That says a lot about his character. That's just saying something about the coaches. The facilities are nice. We can win a national championship there."

Radley visited North Carolina and Texas Tech, but said the family vibe at Utah won out.

"Utah is more hands on," said Radley. "At Texas Tech and North Carolina, they're building a football team, but Utah is building a family, more than a football team, they're a family."

Radley said he was happy to have the recruiting process draw to a close.

"It's been fun, I loved it, it's a great experience," said Radley. "And I've been waiting for this time for a long time, but at the same time, I'm glad it's over with. Now I can worry about getting bigger, stronger and faster."

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