Beatrice (Neb.) high school athlete Cameron Jurgens was the first commit to the 2018 Nebraska recruiting class, pledging his services before his sophomore season began. I caught up with him to see how his offseason went and talk about his goals for his junior season.
Jurgens had a busy summer spending a lot of time playing basketball and in the weight room. He also went to a football camp and did some team bonding activities with his coach and about a dozen teammates in Colorado.
“This offseason I’ve been trying to focus on myself and the team," said Jurgens. "I came in every morning and worked out. We do a lot of weightlifting and conditioning as a team."
All this offseason work has helped Jurgens feel much faster and quicker on the football field. The junior has put on a lot more muscle, weighing in at 240 pounds, yet feels quick and light on his feet. His team will need him at his best this year, as he will continue to play tight end on offense and linebacker on defense. In addition, Jurgens also said he will be moving around to multiple spots on offense.
Jurgens doesn’t let the fact that he is a top recruit change his team-first attitude. When asked what his personal goals were, he said he doesn’t have many.
“I focus on team goals," said Jurgens. "The last couple years we’ve gotten knocked out of playoffs in the first or second round. We just want to get past that and get farther and maybe get to a state championship this year.” (The Orangemen have lost 37-38, 28-30, and and 8-14 in recent years of Nebraska Class B Playoffs)
That attitude and strong leadership from the upperclassmen on his team could be key in his team achieving their goals. Jurgens says there is a good group of upperclassmen leading Beatrice this season.
“Each year I try to be a little more vocal with the guys in the locker room," said Jurgens. "I just want to play hard and set a good example.”
Nebraska fans may have noticed Jurgens on the sidelines at many games last year. He attended every home game last season and plans to keep attending as many as he can in 2016. Jurgens loves the atmosphere in Memorial Stadium and looks forward to the environment during night games the most.
The Beatrice Orangemen open up their season with an away game at Ralston high school this week. The 16 team Class B playoffs begin on October 28th.