Is LSU still a major player

If there were one recruit out there for the Class of 2006 that Tiger fans have labeled as a must-get guy it would probably be Destrehan (La.) cornerback Jai Eugene (6-0, 195, 4.4).

Eugene is rated the No. 1 corner in the country by and he is right in LSU's back yard living only 45 minutes from the LSU campus.

The last couple of stories that ran on the Network had Tiger fans nervous because Eugene did not speak as high about LSU as he did with some other schools on his list.

Tiger Rag went straight to the source to see if LSU has dropped in the blue-chip corner's pecking order or if there was more to the story.

"What I was saying was that USC, Florida, Tennessee and Miami are the schools I want to visit and that I don't need to take an official visit to LSU because I've been there so many times," Eugene told Tiger Rag. "LSU is right up there with all of those schools."

With over 50 scholarship offers sitting on Eugene's table does he have a leader?

"No leader," he replied. "When school starts I am going to start narrowing things down to 10 schools that I am going to start working with."

Who might those 10 be?

"LSU, Miami, USC, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Georgia all have a good shot," he said.

Last week Eugene took another unofficial visit to LSU on the last day of Les Miles' football camp. He did not go to participate in the camp but rather to hang out with the players and coaches who were in attendance.

"I just went up there to talk to coach Miles," said Eugene. "I know they had those two running backs commit at the camp but they didn't really talk to me much about committing. Coach Miles just said that I was the first guy they offered and they still want me bad."

A few weeks prior to going to Baton Rouge, Eugene tripped for Urban Meyer's camp and to see what the Gators were all about.

"The facilities were tight and the coaches were real nice," he said. "It was hard to compare to LSU because I know the LSU coaches so much more and I have seen everything LSU has."

Many have speculated that when it comes time for Eugene to make a decision regarding his future that LSU will be tough to beat because it is so close to home.

"Most likely it will play a factor," he said. "Just because it is the home school and if something happens with your family or something like that then you're right there. But I'm still going to make the best decision for me."

So when it comes time to make that decision will LSU likely be one of his finalists?

"I'm sure they will," he said.

By the numbers: (Jr.) 25 tackles/7 interceptions/1 sack/1165 yds passing/10 Tds/750 yds rush/6 Tds/2.6 GPA/17 ACT.

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