Scouting Fern Creek High School

As the high school football season gets underway, so does ITV's evaluation of area players. Our first stop was this past weekend when Fern Creek and Mario Urrutia faced Central Hardin in a scrimmage at Fern Creek Traditional High School

Fern Creek Traditional High School is the home to one of the Bluegrass State's top prospects this season in 6'6, 210-pound senior wide receiver Mario Urrutia.

Mario gave Kentucky a verbal commitment in May, but later informed ITV that he remains open to other offers that come his way. In addition to Kentucky and Louisville, programs across the region, such as Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia and Nebraska are expressing an interest in Mario. In June, Mario told ITV that he grew up a fan of the Cardinals and that Louisville is one of his favorites. He currently holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia and Nebraska.

Mario Urrutia (ITV)
Mario, who also plays strong safety, had an expected impressive evening against Central Hardin when he pulled in 5 receptions for 193 yards and two TD's (60 & 54). Defensively he recorded 4 solo and 13 assisted tackles, as well as an extra point block.

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While Mario is a great talent, he isn't the only impressive athlete at Fern Creek.

Maurice Urrutia (ITV)
Mario's younger brother Maurice Urrutia is a junior wide receiver and defensive back. Maurice, who stands 6'2, is sure to attract similar attention to his older brother as the 2003 season gets underway. He has great hands and gets to the ball quickly. Against Central Hardin Maurice had 2 receptions for 24 yards. On defense he had 8 asssisted tackles and 2 pass deflections.

Fern Creek, under the direction of Head Coach Troy Johnson, should challenge for the district title this fall, but it is also a team of the future. The Tigers are a team loaded with talented sophomores, a group that went 9-1 as freshmen, with their only loss coming against Trinity.

The following athletes are sophomores to keep an eye on:

LB Robert McDonald: McDonald has good size and runs well. He has the frame that could develop into a defensive end or an threatening middle linebacker.

Courtney Gibbs (ITV)
SS/WR Courtney Gibbs: Coach Steve Vessell, a Fern Creek assistant told ITV that Gibbs is a player with a lot of promise. He has great size and will most likely project as a safety at the college level.

RB Robert Edmonds: Edmonds made a number of nice runs against Central Hardin and is probably the best running back threat at Fern Creek. He displayed ability to rush both up the middle and around the corner, hitting the holes quickly.

QB Brandon Mays: Mays is the type of athlete that could line up at a number of positions, but will spend most of his time behind center this year. He has a nice arm and is a serious threat to run.

DT Jamel Murand: Murand has amazing size for a sophomore and if he commits to continued work in the weight room should attract attention in a couple years as either a defensive or offensive tackle.

Mike Marshall (ITV)
During halftime of the scrimmage the freshmen teams from Fern Creek and Central Hardin squared off and one player in particular, Mike Marshall, grabbed our attention quickly.

Marshall, who also saw limited action on the varsity squad, is a fast and explosive quarterback with a strong arm. He showed accuracy rolling out of the pocket, completing a 25 yarder on the run. He was a big time player last year for the Yellowjackets in the Muhammad Ali League that every high school coach wanted. He's a potential big time prospect and one to watch the next few years.

Fern Creek will open its regular season this Friday when plays at Waggener High School in St. Matthews.

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