2018 TE Jurgens always knew hed be a Husker
Nebraska started fall camp off with a bang on Thursday night as they landed a commitment from 2018 Beatrice, Neb. tight end Cameron Jurgens prior to the first practice of the 2015 season.
The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Jurgens has already has a strong athletic resume' despite the fact he has yet to start his sophomore year of high school. He was a standout performer on the varsity football and basketball teams last fall and took home a state title in the discus and finished third in the shot put in track.
The talented prospect landed an offer from Nebraska following strong performances at two separate Husker camps in June and says he knew from that time that he wanted to play football for NU.
"I pretty much knew when I got the offer that I wanted to be a Husker," Jurgens said. "It would just be weird playing for anyone else. I've always rooted for the Huskers. I just knew it would be the right choice and I just wanted everyone to know."
With his entire family in attendance for NU's first practice of the year, Jurgens felt like it was the perfect opportunity to make things official.
"Once I kind of found out that my whole family was coming up I just thought it would be the perfect time to commit, it was pretty sweet," Jurgens said. "My whole family and I went into Mike Riley's office and told him in person.
"It was just the perfect scenario and time for it. (Riley) was really excited and super happy to have an in-state guy like me - that's all for the Huskers - on the board."
Jurgens is a standout tight end and linebacker for the Orangemen, but says NU sees him as a tight end in Riley's offense.
"They've just told me that they want me at tight end a lot," Jurgens said. "They've said that I'll be a really good fit for their system. They haven't talked to me any about defense, they just really want me at tight end."
Now that Jurgens is committed, he's looking forward to recruiting others to join him.
"It's going to be fun trying to reel in some other guys in my class to play for Nebraska," Jurgens said. "I'm definitely devoted to my Beatrice team and I'm definitely focused on my season, that comes first. I'm also going to be rooting for the Huskers though and it'll be exciting recruiting other guys."
Part of Jurgens' focus on his own team will be growing into a leadership role despite only being a sophomore.
"I think we only have like three returning starters coming back this year," Jurgens said. "So with all of the seniors that have left I want to be a leader, even though I'm only going to be a sophomore. I just want to work on my leadership and do a lot of that this year."
The natural concern with a prospect that commits so early is if it will stick. Jurgens says he can't see himself anywhere other than Nebraska.
"I don't know if I'm like shutting everything down, I'll talk to (coaches), but I'm definitely going to be a Husker," Jurgens said. "It would be just down-right weird not to be a Husker and play for someone else. Besides, I don't think my dad would even allow it. I'm just excited to be a Husker."
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