Eugene plays quarterback on offense, corner on defense for a Destrehan team that is loaded with upperclassmen. He believes that this team has a chance to be special.
"We are supposed to be good … we are ranked number one in the area," Eugene said. "We are top five in the state. We have 36 seniors. Our offense is going to be good … we have great receivers. Our defense is going to be good. We are getting better every day. Our goal is to make it to the Superdome and win the state championship."
The 5-10.5, 185-pound Eugene is the team leader. If the first scrimmage was an indicator, it should be an all-star year for Eugene.
"School started last Monday," he said. "We had a scrimmage last Friday, I had five touchdowns, I passed for three and ran for two touchdowns. We play Riverside next week in a Jamboree."
He excels at quarterback but it's on the defensive side of the ball that college recruiters envision that he will play in the future. The Florida coaches got a good look at him at cornerback when he visited the Friday Night Lights camp on July 22 in Gainesville. Eugene had a good time and learned a lot on the trip.
"It was great, just being in the Swamp was great," he said. "With Coach (Urban) Meyer there that was neat. I really liked the Swamp and the players, and they showed me stuff to help me get to the next level."
Eugene got to spend time with Florida cornerbacks Coach Chuck Heater. Heater put him through some drills and playing situations and Eugene came away highly impressed.
"He was great," he said. "He showed me stuff that I can use right now, and I can show my teammates what to do. Some are drills and coverages and how to see the film and what to watch on the film, stuff like that."
Eugene made the trip to Gainesville with another big time player, wide receiver Ricky Dixon of Reserve (LA). The two are friends and compete against each other every year in football.
"Ricky Dixon and I went down there together," he said. "We were helping each other out while down there. We are only about 15 minutes apart. We play each other every year and are in the same district."
On the recruiting front nothing has changed for Eugene. His list of favorites is still rather large but includes the Gators. He's paying less attention to recruiting at this time, concentrating instead on the football season.
"I have narrowed it down to ten schools," he said. "I haven't set up any officials "
At some point, Jai Eugene will further narrow down his list to the five schools he will visit officially. But, until that time comes, he will be busy helping his team in their chase for a state championship in Louisiana.