Interest increasing for Maurice Urrutia

Louisville Fern Creek's Maurice Urrutia expects to receive the same amount of attention from college recruiters as his older brother Mario, a UofL signee, did last year.

Maurice Urrutia is a name that looks oh-so familiar to Louisville football fans. Reason being, Maurice is the younger brother of 2004 U of L signee Mario Urrutia. Like Mario, Maurice is a tall (6'4, 180) and athletic wide receiver who will receive high interest from a number of college programs throughout the region during his senior campaign at Fern Creek High School.

As a junior, Maurice had an upclose look at the recruiting process as numerous top Division I programs expressed interest in his brother.

"I learned how to trust some coaches," explained Maurice of watching Mario's experience. "I also learned that it is important to break down recruiting to things like education, the team and other stuff like that."

With a good idea of what to expect and what to look for on future visits, Maurice has a head start on the recruiting process, which already includes interest from Louisville, as well as Arkansas, Auburn, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Virginia and others.

"I've received a ton of letters," Maurice said. "I haven't had a chance to look them all yet, but there is a bunch."

With his brother already preparing to suit up in the Red and Black, does that give the U of L coaches an early lead?

"It's going to be a hard decision," he explained. "I probably lean more to Louisville right now because of Mario. I'd like to play with him, but I look at a few schools before deciding."

The possibility of playing with his brother is also something that excites Mario.

"I'll let him make his own decision, but I'll put a bug in his ear a few times," said Cardinal signee. "I did tell to not let the [recruiting process] get to him though."

With the Cardinals making the conference change in 2005, Maurice could be apart of the first Big East recruiting class for the U of L.

"That excites me a lot," said Maurice. "It's a bigger conference and they should get better players because of it. I think [U of L] playing in the National Championship game is a big possibility now because of it."


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