Destrehan's Jai Eugene already highly sought after

Destrehan (La.) athlete Jai Eugene (6-1, 185, 4.45) is already one of the most sought after cornerback prospects in the country. <br><br> Les Miles and his staff are very high on the speedster but so are many of the nation's top football programs.

"I've gotten an offer from just about every school in the SEC," Eugene told Tiger Rag. "I also have one from Florida State, Miami, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Oregon, Nebraska and Texas Tech."

Those are some pretty hefty offers this early into the recruiting process but expect the list of suitors to reach well into the 50's over the next few months.

Eugene spent more snaps on offense last season for Destrehan and accounted for more than 1,800 yards and 13 scores but it is his ability to defend passes rather than throwing them is what has college coaches drooling. The kid has something that every college coach is America covets and that is a lockdown corner with size and speed.

Not only is Eugene a hot commodity on the gridiron but he will also have the chance to run track at whichever school he winds up signing with for football. This past weekend he ran in track meets on Friday and Saturday and collected four first place finishes over that span.

"I ran at East St. John on Friday and won the Outstanding Track Performer," he said. "I won the 100-meters at 10.4 and the 200 at 22.0. Then on Saturday I won the same two events at the T-Bird Relays at Tad Gormley. I ran a 10.5 (100) and a 21.7 (200) there."

This weekend there will not be any track meets on his agenda because he will be traveling to the Sunshine State with his teammate and good friend, Chaz Washington, for an unofficial visit.

"We are going to go to Florida's Junior Day," Eugene said. "They offered and I want to go see how it is over there. I want to compare it to LSU and see what they have."

Eugene said he gets letters from LSU on a regular basis and the Tigers' program has set the bar pretty high for other schools to measure up to.

"Every school I go to I am going to compare to LSU," he said. "I don't think any of them will be better than LSU but I have to see. I know what LSU has to offer and it is in my home state. I have a child and that is one reason that makes me want to stay home."

If the blue chipper decided to leave the Bayou State to play his college ball he said right now Tennessee, Florida, Miami, Florida State and UCLA would get a lot of consideration. When asked if National Signing Day was tomorrow and he had to make a decision who would it be, he replied, "If I had to pick right now it would be between Tennessee, LSU and Miami."

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