The top player from the state of Nebraska in the 2018 recruiting class is making a big position change.
During Saturday's Big Ten Network telecast, Kevin Kugler mentioned that freshman tight end Cameron Jurgens has been working as a center on the scout team and that coach Scott Frost was excited about the possibilities there. On Monday, Frost provided a little more clarity about Jurgens' move.
"Cam's a unique athlete," Frost said. "When we recruited him we didn’t know what he was, tight end or defensive lineman or something else. After evaluating him for awhile, he's as physical and as good of a blocker as we have on our football team. I really think he's got potential to be a really good player on the offensive line at either center or at guard. I think he's bought into that and starting to put on good weight instead of losing weight and I think he's another young player that has a chance to be really good around here."
Frost said Jurgens is splitting his time between tight end and the offensive line right now. The decision to have him in both meeting rooms and getting looks at both spots is strategic.
"We still may use him some this year at tight end but in order to be ready down the road, I think it's important that he gets some looks at it and some meeting time," Frost said. "He's a smart enough guy to know a bunch of things and he's just an exceptional athlete, just an exceptional explosive athlete and I just think after watching him for awhile that his body type fits that. I can't wait to watch what he can do."
Frost has called Jurgens one of the most powerful players on the team and a good blocker. Both attributes will serve him well as he makes the move to an interior lineman. Coming out of high school, Jurgens was a 4-star (HV Rating: 92.4) tight end and was a multi-sport star at Beatrice High School.
When it came to the mose, Frost said Jurgens has embraced the change. It's likely due to competition at tight end, and an opportunity to see the field sooner rather than later.
"We have some young tight ends right now that he's behind, and not saying he can't catch them, but those guys are improving and playing well," Frost said. "I think he sees it as an opportunity at that spot."
Without Jurgens, Nebraska'sonly returning scholarship player at center is Will Farniok.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.