Before his academic situation became clear Acadiana High’s Micah Eugene figured he was headed for a Junior College, where he would then wait two years before making a jump to the FBS level.
Then a strong summer and fall in the classroom opened the doors for Eugene to head to the college of his choice next fall, and offers from the likes of LSU and USC quickly rolled in.
A longtime Tiger fan, Eugene committed to the LSU staff after he attended an afternoon practice on Dec. 20.
Though now a member of “The Fam” for more than a month, this past weekend’s official visit to Baton Rouge provided his first opportunity to get to know his future teammates.
“I came over there with my mom, dad and little brother,” Eugene said. “We had a lot of fun. They were really comfortable with the staff and other commitments. The whole time my parents were telling me how proud they were. That made me happy, because I want them to be as happy with my choice as I am.”
Hosted by freshman safety Eric Reid, the weekend began with a trip to Texas de Brazil on Friday night and closed with a night out alongside both commitments and current players on Saturday.
“Coach Miles took us to eat at Texas de Brazil, and of course that was great for a bunch of football players,” said Eugene. “We all ate a bunch and everyone talked about the team and our futures. It was a great start to the weekend.
“At night we would go and hang out at the apartments on campus where the players live, then we went out,” he said. “I was running around with guys like David Jenkins, Ronald Martin and Paul Turner. I didn’t really know those guys before now, so this weekend I got to see which commitments I’ll run with when I get to Baton Rouge. David was one person who I really hit it off with. He’s super funny.”
While hosted by Reid, Eugene said that players from all of the signing classes stopped to spend time with him and his family.
“Tyrann Mathieu was around, and he was very down to earth,” he said. “(KeKe) Mingo was someone else that I already knew, and we hung out for a bit. All of those guys were there with open arms. That family atmosphere that the coaches had talked about was definitely there.”
Though he rushed for 2,031 yards and 25 touchdowns at running back this past fall, a sit down with defensive backs coach Ron Cooper has him excited about his future on the opposite side of the ball.
“The meeting with coach Cooper and the other defensive backs was really cool, because we all got a feel for what coach Cooper wants from us and how he plans to play his whole group of cornerbacks and safeties,” he said. “He told me that I would be on the defensive side and backup Tyrann Mathieu at the nickel. He wants to keep young guys with speed and aggressive play in that position, and he said that I fit that description.
“He showed us all the young guys that played this year, and he said if we came to fall camp and showed out then we would get the same opportunities.”
Eugene said that he is not taking any more visits and will sign with LSU on National Signing Day.