Interest is Rising

After nabbing a state championship with a win over West Monroe, Acadiana High's Micah Eugene is starting to hear from colleges across the map. If he remains on track academically, Eugene could hold a handful of offers from BCS programs by February.

Before his senior season, Acadiana High’s Micah Eugene wasn’t certain he would get a crack at college football on the highest level. With his academic status in doubt, most – including Eugene – felt that he would end up at a Junior College before making his move onto the FBS level.

After a strong senior season in the classroom and the ACT score he had hoped for, Eugene’s future is taking shape, and it doesn’t include anymore thoughts of the JUCO route.

Two days after Eugene helped carry Acadiana to an upset win over West Monroe in the 5A title game, the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder got a visit from LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper, who had watched Eugene in person at the Superdome over the weekend.

Up to that point, the only coach Eugene had been in consistent contact with was Alabama’s Burton Burns.

“It was great to see coach Cooper and LSU come through the hallways,” Eugene said. “His main purpose of visiting was to check on my transcripts, because he had heard that I was now eligible. According to my coaches, everything checked out. I’ve got a 2.4 GPA and a much better ACT than before.

“If I remain on track, I am going to be a full qualifier.”

That means coaches will be flocking to talk Eugene, who went both ways for Acadiana and totaled 28 touchdowns and just short of 2,000 yards on offense and two interceptions and five forced fumbles on defense.

On Wednesday, Southern California got into the mix.

“The USC coaches just called me for the first time, and they seemed very interested,” Eugene said. “They said they were going to fly me out in January on an official visit. I’m pretty excited about that. I'm supposed to call coach Cooper later this week to set up a visit to LSU, and he's going to come visit me and my family at our house. All the official visits will probably happen in January.

“As for positions, the USC coaches said they like me at defensive back, and so does LSU. Alabama’s the one school that really likes me at running back.”

Eugene said that he doesn’t have any front-runner until new offers come in. Currently he holds scholarships from Louisiana-Lafayette, Northwestern State and McNeese State.

“I feel like things are about to start heating up for me,” he said. “It’s hard work that is paying off, and I am excited. I know that LSU is one school I’ve always wanted to hear from, but I’m just going to let it play out until I hear some more on each school.”

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