Jai Eugene update

The LSU secondary did not fare well last Saturday against Arizona State but it came up big when it needed it the most by stopping the Sun Devils on their last drive to preserve the 35-31 victory.

One person who took notice of the play in the secondary was Destrehan (La.) cornerback Jai Eugene, who happens to be Scout.com's No. 1 rated corner in the country.

"I know Ronnie Prude and Chevis (Jackson) can play but it looked like they were giving too much cushion out there," Eugene told Tiger Rag. "Those guys are both good but it seemed like everybody's mind wasn't right due to the hurricane and stuff. I know they will bounce back."

Hurricane Katrina definitely affected the Tigers' preparation for the contest much like it affected just about everyone who lives in Louisiana.

Eugene and his family evacuated to Houston before the storm hit the Gulf Coast and as soon as they returned to survey the damage he received a call from the Tigers' head coach.

"Coach Miles called that same day we got back," said Eugene. "He wanted to see how me and my family was. It was more of a personal conversation than business because he was just checking on our safety but he did let me know how bad they want me."

Eugene was hoping to have his official visits set up by now but Katrina dashed those hopes. Now, he hopes to start ironing out the details for those visits and he is pretty sure he knows where he is going.

"It looks like Miami, Florida, Tennessee, USC and Michigan," Eugene said of his officials. "I'm still considering Oklahoma a little."

Before Tiger fans start freaking out because LSU is not listed, Eugene wanted to explain why.

"I don't want to take an official there because I have been there so many times but that doesn't mean anything," he said. "LSU is still up there as one of my top schools and I plan on making every home game this year."

For now, though, it is time for Eugene to get down to business. His senior season finally got underway over the weekend when Destrehan traveled to Thibodeaux and he turned in a typical Jai Eugene performance.

"We won 14-0," he said. "I did pretty good. I passed for like 208 yards and ran for 95. On defense I picked off one pass and made like three tackles."

Just another day at the office for one of the top players in America.

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