After 866 days, Cameron Jurgens finally made it official: he’s a Husker.
The Beatrice, Nebraska, native committed to the Huskers before former head coach Mike Riley even arrived in Lincoln and, despite some late pull from LSU, has been a Nebraska guy since he was 15. During a teleconference call Wednesday afternoon to talk about Jurgens and other members of the 2018 class signing national letters of intent, Frost touched on the tight end.
“There’s a lot of good football players in the state of Nebraska that I think a lot of times get overlooked,” Frost said. "Cam’s a special guy and it’s not a surprise to me that he wasn’t overlooked. He’s just a phenomenal athlete.”
Funny enough, Jurgens has followed closely in the footsteps of his new head coach. Frost began as a multi-sport athlete at a local Nebraska school, excelled on the gridiron and later for the Huskers. Jurgens has played football, track and basketball for Beatrice and the 6-3, 225-pound tight end appears on track to find similar success with the Huskers.
“I have a special connection to him right away because of who he is and where he’s from and what he’s accomplished athletically in the state,” Frost said. “He’s a huge piece and asset for us and I’m looking forward to watching him develop.
“I think he’s an unusual talent, an elite talent,” Frost said. “We’re excited to get him. Kids like that need to stay in the state of Nebraska.”
Jurgens is not expected to enroll early (he’s still rehabbing a leg injury) but Frost doesn’t expect that to be an issue when it comes to potential playing time next season.
“I’ve been doing this a while and we’re going to give freshmen every opportunity to play,” Frost said. “Sometimes spring ball helps you get familiar with systems and schemes and it’s not all brand new for you in the fall. I think it is an advantage but I’ve seen guys that come in early that don’t play their first year and I’ve seen guys that show up in August that do play.
“I think it’s an advantage but it’s not an insurmountable head start if kids come in late. This is a process.”
Derek is a newbie on the Hail Varsity staff covering Husker athletics. In college, he was best known as ‘that guy from Twitter.’ He has covered a Sugar Bowl, a tennis national championship and almost everything in between (except an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game… *tears*). In his spare time, he can be found arguing with literally anyone about sports.