Urrutia Talks Recruiting

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Fern Creek High School (Louisville, KY) star Mario Urrutia heads into January having made two of his allotted five official visits. The 6-6, 218 pound wide receiver prospect begins his remaining trips with Louisville next weekend, then Indiana on the 16th-18th, and will finish up with Michigan, which is undecided.

Urrutia made visits last year to UVA and Kentucky. The visit to Lexington was his most recent.

“It was all right,” Urrutia said of his Kentucky visit. He originally committed to UK this summer before de-committing. “The campus was pretty nice and I liked the coaches and the players.”

Of the five programs involved, two may be lower on his list than the rest. All of the schools involved are recruiting the big man to play receiver.

“I’d say Michigan and Indiana are probably lower than the rest,” Urrutia said. “They aren’t contacting me as much as Virginia and the others.”

Former UVA Running Backs Coach Kevin Ross was Urrutia’s primary recruiter before accepting a position for Army. He has informed Urrutia of his decision to leave, however the effect of the move on the Virginia’s chances remains uncertain.

“Virginia is still in it,” Urrutia said. “The program is really good and the coaches are really cool. Coach Ross, who was the coach recruiting me, is going to Army so I’m not sure about that. That might play a part in my decision, but I don’t know because I don’t know who my new recruiter will be. I haven’t talked to them since he left. Coach Ross left a message on my machine a day before the Dead period, so I haven’t heard from them. He did say someone else would be contacting me.”

When it comes time to make his final decision, Urrutia appears unsure of how exactly he will be able to choose among his finalists.

“I’ve thought about it a lot,” Urrutia said. “I couldn’t even tell you how I’ll know. I think it will come down to a gut feeling. All of the programs are offering the same thing to me, so it will just be a gut feeling of where I belong.”

Right now, Urrutia is not only concentrating on making his collegiate decision, but on helping the Fern Creek basketball team capture a state championship. The power forward/center is averaging 18 points per game through eleven games, leading Fern Creek to a 9-2 mark.