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Orange County: Charles Burks commits to USC

Edison defensive end Charles Burks (6-1, 225), one of the outstanding and most physical linemen in the state who had 14 sacks last season despite missing a month because of injury, has committed to USC. Burks played a pivotal role in Edison's 13-1 season a year ago that ended with a loss to Servite in the rain-soaked Pac-5 finals.

He is averaging almost nine tackles per game this season for the Chargers (3-2), who are coming off consecutive losses to Servite and Mater Dei. This week Edison begins defense of its Sunset League title against Marina at Huntington Beach High, Thursday, 7 p.m.