It's been a long wait for Cam Jurgens, but his decision to play football at Nebraska was finally made official on Wednesday.

In front of friends, family and a host of media outlets at the Ozone in Beatrice, Jurgens signed his letter of intent to play for the Huskers.

Jurgens has been verbally committed to play at NU since August of 2015. As was one of the earliest verbal commits in Husker history, he was happy to finally make it official on Wednesday.

"I've been a Husker for a long time," Jurgens said. "It's crazy to think that now it's official -- I'm on my way. But I knew this day has been coming for a long time and I'm glad it's finally here."

There were a few minor bumps along the way, including an official visit to LSU shortly after Mike Riley was relieved of his duties as Nebraska's head football coach.

Jurgens said seeing the coach who recruited him get fired was difficult, but the hiring of Scott Frost seemed to smooth things over for him.

"I grew a great relationship with Coach Riley and his entire staff, so it was tough to see them go," Jurgens said. "It made it into a tough decision. But after meeting with Coach Frost and his staff -- I like the direction this football staff is headed and I'm just super excited to get in on the ground floor of it."

Jurgens traveled to Lincoln to meet Frost one day after he was announced as the new coach. A few days later, Frost and assistant coach Barrett Ruud traveled to Jurgens' house to meet again.

The two meetings was enough to convince Jurgens.

"After meeting with Coach Frost just two times, there was no doubt in my mind that I'm a Husker," Jurgens said.

Jurgens said one message Frost portrayed to him was a desire to keep Nebraska kids in Nebraska -- which he liked.

"They want to get the hometown kids like me," Jurgens said. "That's a lot of what (Frost's) teams used to be and that's what he wants it to be again. He wants me to come in there and be a leader and have the work ethic I have."

At Beatrice, Jurgens has been a linebacker on defense and a tight end on offense. It's still unknown what side of the ball Jurgens will line up on Saturdays as a Husker.

"Honestly, they just want me to be a football player," Jurgens said. "I can play offense and I can play defense. Right now, I'm mainly focused on getting there and learning things."

Before that, though, his focus remains on getting healthy. In his last high school regular season game against Norris, Jurgens suffered a broken fibula and a dislocated ankle.

Both injuries have been surgically repaired and he has another four weeks on crutches, but looks to be on his way to a full recovery.

"It's good to go, just have the waiting process," Jurgens said.

A large crowd was on hand for Jurgens' signing on Wednesday. Before he signed, he was introduced by Beatrice Athletic Director Neal Randel and head football coach Kevin Meyer.

Meyer said you can easily see what a special athlete Jurgens is by watching him on the field, but there's more to him than that.

"He's just a good person," Jurgens said. "He's very coachable and from our staff and all our coaches, we want to wish him the very best and we are excited for his future."

Jurgens then addressed the crowd himself, saying he was appreciative of all the support.

"It means a lot to me," Jurgens said. "This has been a long time waiting and it didn't come easy. Everybody that helped me along the way -- my friends, my family, every teammate I've ever had and every coach -- everybody means something to me and I'm just so grateful for everybody that came out here today."


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