Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Kentucky, boasts one of the biggest wide receiver prospects in the country. Literally.
Mario Urrutia (pronounce U-root-ia) played in nine of Fern Creek’s ten games this season, tallying 65 catches for 1,195 yards and 18 touchdowns. As you will read, his size is an obvious strength, however Fern Creek Head Coach Troy Johnson says there is more to Urrutia’s game.
“He is a big kid…he’s probably 6-7, or maybe 6-6 1/2, and weighs 218 pounds,” said Johnson. “And he’s only 17, so he’s still growing. He’s fast too – he runs a legit 4.65 in the 40. He was timed electronically at Michigan’s summer camp. More than anything, he is a tough kid. He likes to catch passes across the middle. Of his 18 touchdowns this season, about 12 were on crossing routes where he got hit and then ran away from the defense.
“Mario’s good but, at the same time, there is a lot of room for improvement…a lot of potential.”
It was during the Michigan camp where teams were able to see how well Urritia runs. Soon after, many colleges including Virginia came calling. Urrutia has received scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia, Nebraska, and Indiana, which are his five favorite schools.
Earlier this year, Urrutia committed to Kentucky. He backed off soon after and re-opened his recruitment.
“Mario committed to Kentucky and then pulled back because he saw more schools showing interest,” said Johnson. “He wanted to make sure he made the right decision. Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia, Nebraska, and Indiana are the five schools he’s looking at right now. He has set official visits to Virginia for November 29th, Louisville for December 6th, and Kentucky for December 13th.”
The Cavaliers, led by primary recruiter Kevin Ross, have impressed Urrutia and his coach with their effort.
“Virginia is probably recruiting Mario harder than any other team I’ve seen,” said Johnson. “Coach Ross does a great job – he calls a lot. The amount of literature they send him is unreal…at least three or four letters per day. I think that impresses a kid.”
According to Coach Johnson, location will not make a difference in Urrutia’s decision. He says “Mario will make the right decision that’s best for him, regardless of location. He has very good parents who want him...
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