"I went to Castlemont High School in Oakland and we really aren't that well-known there so I didn't really get recruited," Hurst told JCFootball.com recently. "I had over a 3.0 GPA and I've already gone through the Clearinghouse to make sure everything is good to go so, it really wasn't grades."
That eventually led Hurst to come to Santa Rosa to make a name for himself in the hopes of becoming a player that Division-one schools want to see in their program. Consider his mission accomplished.
"I have an offer from Kentucky right now," Hurst said. "Me and Marquis (Hundley) are going out there together on October 6th on our official visits and we're both looking forward to that.
"Also, Colorado told me they are pretty close to offering and Nebraska, UNLV and Oregon are schools that have shown me the most interest after that."
Hurst has impressive physical stats – boasting a forty-time of 4.38 seconds, a 32-inch vertical and a 345-pound bench press.
Last year, Hurst posted three interceptions, 18 pass-breakups and 35 tackles for the Bear Cubs and this year he's off to another good start posting 13 tackles, one pass-breakup, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
"When me and Marquis are on the field, teams really don't throw the ball at all," lamented Hurst. "They wait for us to come out of the game and then they try to get matchups against out linebackers, but still, our linebackers are good too, so it's kind of a ‘choose your poison' type of a thing."
Being physical is what Hurst does best and he's confident his style will translate well to the Division-one level. "I'm real physical and aggressive," Hurst said proudly. "I'm an ‘in your face' type who has good enough speed to get on the long-ball, but I'm also really physical with receivers.
"I need to get a little bit better at being patient and also about my route-recognition, but I've worked really hard on that and I think I've gotten better."
Hurst will have three years to play two and will graduate this December. He plans to major in Communications wherever he ends up.