J.P. Hurrell is a 5-foot-11, 195 pound linebacker from Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo (Calif.) J.P., as he prefers to be called, is short for John Patrick.
"I have good speed and just fly to the ball," Hurrell said. "I'm aggressive and can get off blocks good. I just love making plays, but I still want to improve my strength and explosiveness. I need to work on shedding blocks too and my hand quickness."
Hurrell benches 275 pounds and squats 455. He finished his junior season with 80 tackles and three sacks, runs the forty in 4.6 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.
He says he favors BYU slightly over California, Washington, USC and Stanford, but only the Cougars and Huskies have offered.
"I like the atmosphere at BYU," Hurrell said. "Everyone is really welcoming and I get along well with the coaches. I love the weight room and the campus is really good. It's a very clean and beautiful place."
BYU was Hurrell's first scholarship offer and he attended their junior day. He is not a Mormon.
"I need to visit all of my favorites because I want to check out the atmosphere and make sure that I'll be able to fit in," he said. "I want to become a better player and I want to play for a program that is known for producing great athletes."
He says that Cal, USC and Stanford all invited him to their summer camps. "I'll probably go to the Cal camp for sure."
Despite not having visited Washington yet, Hurrell is also definitely interested in the Huskies. "They seem like they have a really good program and I heard their weight room is very nice," Hurrell said. "The team is up-and-coming in the Pac-10."
He reports a 3.0 core GPA and is taking the SAT in May.