Cameron Jurgens is regarded as the consensus top prospect in the state of Nebraska in the 2018 recruiting class. A three-sport star at Beatrice High School, Jurgens will join the Huskers as a tight end.
Jurgens battled injuries as a senior but still contributed offensively and defensively for the Orangemen and coach Kevin Meyer. As a hybrid tight end, he rushed for 318 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior, while also catching 17 passes for 277 yards. Defensively, Jurgens recorded 57 tackles and had one interception from his linebacker spot, helping Beatrice to an 8-1 record before suffering a season-ending injury in the final game of the regular season. Despite his injury, Jurgens was named to the Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska and Lincoln Journal Star Super-State first team, in addition to being a first-team all-state selection.
Jurgens was also an All-Nebraska and Super-State selection at linebacker as a junior in 2016, when led Beatrice with 98 tackles. He added 23 catches for 286 yards as a tight end, and Jurgens punted for the Orangemen as a junior, averaging 35.8 yards per punt. Jurgens was also a second-team Super-State selection as a sophomore, when he was one of only two underclassmen in the state to make either the Super-State first or second team.
The 6-4, 245-pound Jurgens was rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports. He was ranked among the nation’s top 200 recruits in the 247Sports Composite rankings and was regarded as the fourth-best tight end recruit in the country by ESPN. He came in at No. 123 in the 247Sports Composite rankings, the highest-ranked recruit from the state of Nebraska since the organization began ranking prospects in 2010. A longtime Husker commit, Jurgens also took an official visit to LSU.
Jurgens also excelled on the basketball court and in the discus and shot put at Beatrice, which helped him earn the honor as the 2017 Lincoln Journal Star Boys Athlete of the Year as the top male athlete in the state of Nebraska. On the basketball court, Jurgens averaged 12.5 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game as a junior, when he was an honorable-mention Class B all-state selection. Jurgens won the all-class gold medal in the shot put and discus at both the 2016 and 2017 Nebraska state track and field championships. As a freshman, Jurgens won the Class B discus title and finished third in the shot put.