LINCOLN — Cameron Jurgens could have waited. He has plenty of time.
But since he received a scholarship offer from Nebraska after impressing at a mid-June camp, the sophomore-to-be hasn’t really been able to imagine himself suiting up for any other college program.
Why not make it as official as he can?
That’s how Jurgens viewed it. So that’s what he did.
The potential-filled tight end from Beatrice informed coach Mike Riley and the Husker staff Thursday night that he plans to attend NU, becoming the first known member of Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class.
“I thought it would be perfect to tell them the news that I’m going to be a Husker,” Jurgens said Thursday night. “I’m excited. I know that’s where I’m going to go.”
Jurgens and his family were on campus Thursday. That made the evening a bit more special, he said.
They stood on the sidelines for Nebraska’s first practice of preseason camp — then met with coaches and staffers afterward.
Jurgens had stepped on that same practice field two months ago, just trying to have some fun. He got invited to the Friday Night Lights camp held a couple days later. Then came the scholarship offer. Now he’s set to play at NU.
His decision to make an oral commitment is believed to be the earliest of any Nebraska recruit, at least in recent history.
Jurgens announced his pledge before any 2017 Husker targets. The 2016 class is just over halfway complete. Jurgens isn’t even in ESPN’s recruiting database yet.
Most college coaches don’t typically extend verbal scholarship offers to prospects until after their sophomore seasons — except for the elite few.
Jurgens is already No. 47 on 247Sports’ top 100 list of 2018 recruits, a ranking that was released last month. He enjoyed success in track and field this spring, winning the Class B state discus title and finishing third in the shot put.
There’s so much room to grow, though, Jurgens said. He can’t sign a national letter of intent for 30 months. But with his future now stabilized, he gets to concentrate solely on his development.
His new focus: “Get ready for football season.” High school practice begins next week.
“It’s not like I’ve got to go get ready to play college ball,” Jurgens said. “I’ve got a few more years.”
So blessed to say I'm officially committed to the Huskers! pic.twitter.com/FxjTHhOkQ3— cameron jurgens (@CameronJurgens) August 7, 2015
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Video: Jurgens freshman year highlights