Nebraska offered Cameron Jurgens out of Beatrice following the Friday Night Lights camp on June 6. After thinking it over for two months, Jurgens officially committed to Nebraska on Aug. 6, 2015.
He did so while on campus with his family, attending the Huskers' first practice of preseason camp.
"I thought it would be perfect to tell them the news that I’m going to be a Husker," Jurgens said at the time. "I’m excited. I know that’s where I’m going to go.”
Jurgens was the first commitment for the 2018 class. He performed well at Nebraska's camp that summer, according to Sam McKewon.
"Arguably the best (of the camp) is a few years away from college — Beatrice sophomore-to-be Cameron Jurgens, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound tight end," McKewon said. "And he has room to grow. Jurgens looked good during pass routes and drills; it wouldn't be stunning if NU offered soon."
The Huskers did offer, and since then, Jurgens has become one of the nation's top football prospects.
247Sports ranked Jurgens as the No. 47 overall prospect for 2018 — and the No. 3 tight end — in its initial Top 100. Jurgens has continued to rise up the rankings. As of August 2016, Jurgens is No. 39 overall and the No. 2 tight end, according to 247Sports. He's also a four-star prospect on Rivals, Scout and ESPN.
That puts him on pace to be one of the highest-rated football recruits to ever come out of Nebraska.
At The Opening Regional in Washington DC in April 2016, Jurgens posted a SPARQ score of 96.72, which was sixth-best among class of 2018 prospects at the event. It included a 4.98-second 40-yard dash, 4.76-second 20-yard shuttle, 43-foot kneeling powerball toss (the longest throw of the event) and 32.2-inch vertical jump.
Jurgens isn't just a football standout either. He holds the Nebraska record by a sophomore in the shot put with a throw of 63-3 and the discus at 196-8. In 2016, he won a Class B state championship and the All-Class gold medal in both events.
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