SALT LAKE CITY — John Ursua’s high school career took him from his native Kailua-Kona, Hawaii to Westlake High School in Eagle Mountain, and finished at Cedar.
His college dreams took him back home to the University of Hawaii, where he was an all-Mountain West first-team selection as a junior in 2018 and caught 189 passes for 2,662 yards and 24 touchdowns in three seasons.
His next stop will be Seattle.
The Seahawks selected Ursua with the former Cedar High and Westlake quarterback with the No. 236 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft, or No. 22 in the seventh round Saturday afternoon.
Although Ursua left college with one year of eligibility remaining, he played four years at Hawaii, including redshirting the 2015 season on the scout team after returning from a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Paris, France.
His two older brothers played football at Southern Utah, but the younger Ursua chose his own path by staying close to family in the islands. He's also close friends with former BYU wide receiver Dylan Collie, who transferred to Provo after graduating from Hawaii.
Now he’ll move further away to begin his NFL career.