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Varela's Bryan Maura to Kansas

If you asked Brian Maura how he wound up committing to Kansas University, you better pull up a chair for quite an interesting story.

But no matter how this 6-3, 190-pound receiver from Varela wound up committing to first year head coach Turner Gil and the Jayhawks.

“It’s a long, long story, but I am so happy to have the chance to play football for a great coaching staff and a tremendous school,” Maura said. “This is definitely a dream come true.”

It all began as a youth football player at West Pembroke Pines. It then shifted to Flanagan High for 9th and 10th grade. His family moved to Miramar at the end of his 10th grade year and attended Miramar High. His mother then married and moved to Southwest Miami, and he enrolled at Varela.

In two seasons with the Vipers, Maura showcased his speed, ability to catch balls and prove that he was indeed one of the promising players in talented Miami-Dade County.

While he didn’t receive the publicity he deserved, Maura did turn some heads with the coaching staff at Buffalo University. That staff, which is headed up by the former Nebraska Cornhusker quarterback, Gil, then kept recruiting Maura when they went to Kansas.

“Brian is a very good football player,” said Varela head coach Matt Dixon. “We are fortunate to have someone like him who has now opened the door at this school. We have two other prospects in this class and several 10th and 11th graders.”

Mauro knows that he is sure about his decision. After all, his visit in early December to Buffalo was cold and it snowed. The same thing greeted him in Lawrence when he recently went to Kansas!

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