Destrehan's Eugene one of state's top CB

Les Miles would like to bring in at least two cornerbacks in the 2006 class that could be ready to contribute if called upon. <br><br> LSU graduated its two starting corners from last year in Corey Webster and Travis Daniels, and next year's expected starters, Mario Stevenson and Ronnie Prude, will be seniors in 2005. <br><br> That leaves a little hole on the depth chart but one guy who could definitely fill that hole is Destrehan (La.) athlete Jai Eugene (6-1, 185, 4.4).

Eugene is already one of the most sought after cornerback prospects in the country even though most of his time of late has been at quarterback. He has a great combination of size, athleticism and speed that most NFL corners would love to possess.

As a sophomore, Eugene ran a 4.3-forty at Miami's summer camp and also turned in a 10.3-time in the 100-meters that helped put his name on the map. Once college coaches caught wind of his talent and saw his highlight film the offers started pouring in.

"So far, I've been offered by LSU, Tennessee, Miami, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Clemson and Texas," Eugene told Tiger Rag. "I think that is it but there may be some more."

Is there a leader in that group?

"I like LSU and Tennessee the most," he said. "Tennessee just offered me and they told me I could play offense too. But, LSU would be No. 1 and Tennessee right behind them."

Eugene visited LSU for junior day a couple of weeks ago and he said the highlight of the trip was getting to meet Miles and his staff.

According to Eugene, Miles told him he was one of his top priorities for this class and he would love to get an early commitment from the standout corner.

"I told them I wanted to wait a while and take some visits," Eugene said. "He said they were not going to rush me and to take my time. They said their two starting corners are going to be graduating and I'd have a chance to play early. They said I'd fit in well with their defense because they could put me out there in man to man and not have to worry about me."

In the brief time Eugene has been able to talk to the Tigers' coaches he has a good idea of what this staff is like.

"The coaches are real cool and fun to talk to," he said. "Coach Miles is really nice and I've talked to coach (Karl) Dunbar a couple of times. You can tell they really care about you. Those guys are just so nice."

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