Cameron Jurgens was 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 joins 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. 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 by both papers.
Jurgens was also an All-Nebraska and Super-State selection at linebacker as a junior, when he led Beatrice with 98 tackles. He added 23 catches for 286 yards as a tight end. Jurgens also punted for the Orangemen, 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 to make either the Super-State first or second team. The 6-3, 270-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. 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. He missed his senior season due to injury. In track and field, Jurgens was one of the top throwers in Nebraska. A four-time Class B state champion in the discus and three-time champion in the shot put, Jurgens won the all-class gold medal in both the shot put and discus in each of his final three seasons. His two titles as a senior helped Beatrice to the Class B team title.