In just over two weeks, Fern Creek (Louisville, KY) wide receiver Mario Urrutia will make his first official visit. He heads to Virginia for the weekend of November 29th, and follows that up with official visits to Louisville on December 6th and Kentucky on December 13th.
“I’m definitely going to Virginia on November 28th, 29th, and 30th,” said Urrutia. “I’ve never been to Virginia before. I’m excited. The Virginia/Virginia Tech game is going to be great.”
During March of 2003, Urrutia committed to Kentucky. He has decided since then to re-open the recruiting process and take some official visits. Right now, he says he is open among Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia, Nebraska, and West Virginia.
He has scholarship offers from all of those programs.
“I’m wide open basically,” said Urrutia. “I don’t have any favorites, not right now. After I take my official visits, maybe [I will have some favorites]. I have only set visits to Kentucky, Louisville, and Virginia. I’m thinking about Nebraska and West Virginia as well.”
Virginia has been in on Mario ever since the summer, when they reviewed film on him. Led by lead recruiter Kevin Ross, the Cavaliers picked up the intensity once the fall contact period began.
“Virginia calls once a week,” said Urrutia. “They send a few letters per day, basically keeping me updated on their past games and giving me facts about the schools. I like Virginia because of their style of offense. They throw the ball a lot, and they said they would give me the ball. I like that.”
Urrutia says Virginia is not too far away for him to go.
“It’s only eight hours or so to Virginia, so that’s good,” said Urrutia. “Location doesn’t matter, at least not for my favorite schools. I don’t want to go too far away, but it would be nice to get away from home. Eight hours is perfect.”
Playing wide receiver in a pass-oriented offense is an important factor for the 6-6 1/2, 218 pound Urrutia. He has played the position throughout his entire football career, and does not want to change positions on the next level.
As a junior last season, Urrutia made 65 catches for 1,075 yards and 12 touchdowns. In nine games this season, he tallied 18 touchdowns. With his statistics over the past two seasons, it is easy to see why college coaches would want to keep him where he wants to play.
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