Three-star Louisville (Ky.) Fern Creek wide receiver Mario Urrutia didn’t have to travel very far to take his third official visit.
“I went to Louisville for my official visit this weekend,” he said. “It was real nice. I had a lot of fun being down there with (Brian) Brohm and some other great recruits. They had a bunch of good players in for their visits. It was neat.
“My hosts were J.R. Russell and Josh Tinch. They were cool. We talked about their offense and playing receiver, and just a lot about the school in general. I felt pretty comfortable around their players. I fit in pretty good.
“I also liked the excitement and the energy the coaches have. They get as fired up as the players do when they’re talking about the program.”
Urrutia (6-5, 195, 4.6) has visited Virginia, Kentucky and Louisville. The Cavaliers are no longer under consideration. He has one more trip planned before making his final decision, that coming this weekend (1/16) at Indiana.
“I don’t have them up there with Kentucky and Louisville right now,” he said, “but you never know. I’m going to go check them out, see what it’s like. People tell me I should enjoy the experience and follow all my options.”
Asked if there was a clear leader between the rival Wildcats and Cardinals, Urrutia said no.
“I’ve got to sit down with my parents and weigh out the pros and cons of each school, see how everything stacks up,” he said. “I don’t really know which one to pick right now. They both have some good things that I like.”
“I liked UK’s campus and the people down there,” he said. “And I like UofL’s offense, the coaches, and the chance to go in there and start next year. Really, both schools are emphasizing that, so it’s kind of confusing.”
Does the family have a favorite?
“Not that I know of,” he said.
As a senior, Urrutia was a first-team all-state selection after catching 62 passes for 1,163 yards and 16 touchdowns.