Eugene reflects on LSU visit

The No.1 cornerback in America is Destrehan (La.) product Jai Eugene and he was in town for an unofficial visit to watch the LSU Tigers defeat the Florida Gators on Saturday.

"Me and my son went up to watch the game," Eugene said.

Eugene (6-1, 185, 4.4) is a top priority in this class for the LSU coaches and he spent a little time with them on Saturday after the game.

"I talked to coach (Les) Miles and coach (Karl) Dunbar in the locker room after the game," Eugene said. "They wanted to see my little boy and just see how we were doing. They told me the same things they always say like how good LSU is for me and how bad they want me. I talked to most of the coaches and they all said I was their No. 1 guy."

Eugene said he has picked up over 45 written offers but he recently trimmed his list down to LSU, Tennessee, USC, Miami, Florida and Michigan.

All throughout his recruitment he has said that he was wide open and that distance would not play a factor in his decision. After spending some time with his son on the sideline did that make him think about staying close to home a little more?

"It sure did," said Eugene. "Every time something would happen he would start smiling and would get so excited. His face would just light up. I know he would love to be able to come watch me play."

Once the game started Eugene and his son made their way to their seats and on the way something happened that he was not expecting.

"As soon as we got to the stands people started hollering my name and saying how bad they wanted me," Eugene said. "It was crazy. I had no idea that was going to happen and that felt good. To hear the fans screaming my name made me realize how bad they really want me over here."

Next week, Auburn comes to town but Eugene will not be able to make the game because he will be celebrating Homecoming. He said he will be back the following week and there may be a bigger visit in the plans.

"I'm going to make all of the other games but the Auburn one," he said. "I also talked to coach Dunbar and I might take an official now. I wasn't going to because I wanted to save my officials for the other schools I can't get to but I might now."

The blue-chip corner was recently named a U.S. Army All-American and will be heading to San Antonio, Texas, in January for the All-American Bowl.

A lot of recruits like to make their commitments during the game but don't expect Eugene to be one of them.

"I'm going to wait and do it later like I had planned," he said. "I want to do it on signing day like I had planned all along."

Can Miles make it two years in a row with pulling in one of the top players in the country on signing day?

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