Skip to content

Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

Kentucky Mr. Football Cameron Hergott Reclassifies to Repeat Senior Season

Cameron Hergott is the first high-profile athlete that will use newly passed Kentucky legislation to return to high school for one more year.

SB-128 passed this spring, allowing students to repeat the school year lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. The law passes the buck to individual school boards, which can then ratify the rule. Once given the green light by the Beechwood school board, the quarterback decided to run it back for one more year.

Hergott shared Mr. Football honors with Jager Burton in 2020 after the dual-threat quarterback passed for 2,467 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,078 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. In December Hergott threw the go-ahead touchdown pass in overtime, ultimately propelling the Tigers past Lexington Christian (thanks to a blocked PAT) in a 24-23 win in the 2A State Championship, Beechwood’s first in class 2A. Hergott had 251 total yards and a pair of scores in the victory.

Despite his accomplishments, Hergott was overlooked on the recruiting trail. Undersized at just 6′ tall, he initially accepted a preferred walk-on offer at Akron. He also had the opportunity to be a PWO at Youngstown State.

“I was really blessed to get a walk-on (offer) from Akron, but I felt like with this opportunity in front of me, I feel like I can go a lot, I wouldn’t say bigger, but just really get a scholarship because that’s always been my dream,” Hergott told Fox-19.

“A big part of it is going to their camps. When coaches see you in person, that’s usually when offers start to come through. I didn’t get that opportunity this year. I worked my butt off the whole offseason and got a whole lot stronger, got a whole bigger, got a whole better and I didn’t get to show coaches that at their camps.”

Hergott missed an entire spring and summer on the camp circuit to prove to college coaches that he can play quarterback at the next level. Now with the title “Kentucky Mr. Football,” he will certainly have more coaches paying attention this summer as the accomplished prep athlete hits the reset button on his future.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Kentucky Mr. Football Cameron Hergott Reclassifies to Repeat Senior Season

  1. kuhlkat
    11:55 am May 11, 2021 Permalink

    What about his schoolwork?
    Did he not graduate?

  2. Not Dan Issel
    12:00 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    He needs to immediately check with his coach/principal/school superintendent if this will cause him eligibility problems. KSBA (Ky School board Association) recently released a memo to all school districts that any graduating senior who chooses to repeat his senior year is in very real danger of being ineligible to compete in Division I athletics. This is not a joke. If he is thinking only of lower division schools (II or III) then there is not a problem as I understand it. SB128 is a landmine field for students, not a good thing.

  3. clarks
    12:42 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    How could an extra year of high school in any way effect his standing in college. Dont kids go to a prep school all the time when they dont get the offers they wanted

    • Not Dan Issel
      12:54 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

      As I understand it, seniors who have already met the requirements for graduation are considered graduated under SB128. NCAA Div. I rules require students to complete high school in 8 semesters once they start their freshman year. If any senior decides to do another year of high school, it will be more than 8 semesters before he finishes high school and thus not eligible for Div. I competition.

  4. clarks
    12:43 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    I could see how he could be ineligible for high school sports though since he used 4 years up already

  5. east-ky-boy
    2:56 pm May 11, 2021 Permalink

    Chances are his parents held him back for sports anyways. Like tons of parents do. Man he may be 20 when he graduates ?