Micah Eugene helped carry the Acadiana Wrecking Rams all the way to the Superdome, earning a Class 5A state championship and District 3-5A MVP honors in the process.
With over 1,000 yards on the ground and two interceptions and five forced fumbles on defense, Eugene made a quick rise onto the radar of college coaches.
Alabama, LSU and Southern Cal all expressed interested after his season came to an end earlier this month. With offers already in from three Louisiana schools, USC and Texas A&M joined the party this past week.
On Saturday LSU got involved, and not long after Eugene was a Tiger.
“I was over there at practice on Saturday and the coaches were all telling me that I could play at LSU and that they wanted me on board,” he said. “I had fun just hanging out and taking it all in, and by the end of the day I felt like I was getting close.”
A sit down with head coach Les Miles at the end of the day’s activities eventually resulted in Eugene giving the Tigers his verbal pledge.
“I talked to coach Miles about the opportunity, and he said that he wanted me to commit whenever,” he said. “I thought it over and my dad said it was a really good chance for me to get into college ball and be close to home, so I jumped on it.
“I went back into coach Miles’ office and committed right then. He was pretty excited.”
“The coaches said it’s a really strong class and that I can help bring them to the top,” Eugene said. “I’m just glad that my academics are all in order so that I can have this opportunity. I worked hard in the classroom and on the field, and now it’s paying off.”
Though he’s fresh off a commitment, Eugene said his recruitment isn’t over yet. Though he considers his verbal strong, he will continue to take visits.
“I think I want to keep checking out some places in January just to see what’s out there, because this is my first time really looking into the recruiting side of the college game,” Eugene said. “I just want to make sure that I’m in the right place, that’s all.”