Nebraska tight end signee Cameron Jurgens is busy with rehab these days. He sustained a broken left ankle in the third quarter of Beatrice’s final regular-season game against Norris in October, requiring surgery. Jurgens has been healing and recovering since.
He doesn’t have a strict timetable for his recovery, but he’s hoping he’ll be able to put weight on his leg in a couple of weeks. Until then, Jurgens is taking it one day at a time.
Outside of the injury, it’s been a wild couple of months for Jurgens. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior officially visited LSU on Nov. 25, the same day former Nebraska coach Mike Riley was fired. While he remained committed to Nebraska, Jurgens enjoyed his visit to LSU. He said he even could see himself playing for the Tigers.
It was the man Nebraska hired to replace Riley who changed everything, though.
Within an hour of Central Florida’s American Athletic Conference championship — and word that Scott Frost had accepted the Nebraska job — the Huskers’ new linebackers coach, Barrett Ruud, was on the phone with Jurgens. Frost called the next day. The duo made plans to visit Jurgens as soon as it worked in his schedule, and the conversations began.
Being from Nebraska, Frost stressed to Jurgens the importance of in-state kids to the Huskers. Frost also told him about his first year playing at Stanford, and how he ultimately regretted leaving, before he found his way back to, Nebraska.
Through the conversations, Jurgens started to see the type of team Frost wanted to build. He also got to see the type of coach Frost is and could be for him personally.
“He’s a coach with good morals,” Jurgens told Land of 10. “Watching UCF play, it definitely seems like a family. It’s not just a business. Everyone is a family and people seem to enjoy playing for him. That’s what I’m excited for — having fun. Obviously winning is fun. Going 13-0 is pretty awesome, so hopefully we can bring that to Nebraska.”
Jurgens is an exciting prospect for the Huskers. A 4-star tight end, he’s also the No. 1 player in Nebraska and the No. 7 tight end in the country, according to 247Sports. His talent also was recognized when he was nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
While he didn’t make the final roster of 100 players, being nominated as one of 400 athletes across the country was still a big honor.
“I don’t like a lot of attention, but it meant a lot to get the national attention,” Jurgens said. “I’m just a kid from the Midwest, so it was awesome to be recognized.”
While Jurgens signed early with Nebraska on Dec. 20, he isn’t planning to enroll early. He’ll spend the spring continuing to rehab and preparing for his high school graduation. From there, he’s looking forward to getting to Lincoln and helping the Huskers “be tough again.”
And there’s one moment he’s thought a little bit about when the day comes — his first tunnel walk in uniform.
“I think it’s going to be pretty incredible. I’m sure there will be a lot of people from Pickrell and Beatrice there to support me, and I’m excited to run out there with everyone cheering me on.
“I’m just so pumped for that.”
— cameron jurgens (@CameronJurgens) December 20, 2017