Jai Eugene meets with Coach Miles

The nation's top rated cornerback Jai Eugene (6-0, 185, 4.4) is the one recruit that always seems to surface whenever the topic of LSU recruiting comes up.

Some feel that the Destrehan (La.) product is going to stay home and play for the hometown school while others feel that he will follow his teammate, Chaz Washington, all the way to South Beach and play for the Miami Hurricanes.

Part of the reason so many fans are concerned about Eugene is because he has all five of his official visits set up and LSU is not going to get one of them. He already visited Michigan and he has trips set up with USC (12/17), Tennessee (1/13), Florida (1/20) and Miami (1/27).

That news does not sit well with the LSU coaching staff and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar visited with Eugene last Sunday to try and convince him to drop one of his other visits so that he can take one to LSU.

Dunbar was unsuccessful so Les Miles took a crack at it today when Eugene made the short drive to the Capitol City to meet with the Tigers headman.

"He wanted to talk about setting up an official visit but I told him I've been there so many times and I've seen everything they have," Eugene told Tiger Rag. "He just kept telling me that if I'm really considering LSU then I need to take an official visit there. I just kept telling him that I don't think I need to."

Eugene's reasoning for not taking an official makes sense in some ways and he laid out the reasons why he feels the way he does.

"Coach Miles said there are a lot of things that I would experience that I haven't gotten to experience yet," Eugene said. "I asked him what could I possibly see or do that I haven't yet? I've seen all of the facilities, I know all of the coaches and a bunch of the players, I know how I fit into their scheme so I don't know what else there is to see."

What did Miles have to say about that?

"He just told me to think about it and I should schedule one to LSU instead of taking one of those visits just to take one," said Eugene. "He wants me to move one of those other visits but I told him I don't know yet. I told him even if I don't visit that LSU will be in my top three no matter what."

If he does not cancel one of his other four visits, Eugene said he does have a plan for getting back down to LSU for a couple of days before signing day.

"The next time I talk to coach Miles I'm going to try and set it up to where I can go spend a couple of days down there on an unofficial visit," said Eugene. "I'm also going to go watch a couple of their practices for the bowl game."

The bowl game Eugene alluded to is the Peach Bowl that will match up two of his favorites in LSU and Miami. Having to watch two of his top choices square off on the gridiron is something he is looking forward to but who will he be cheering for?

"Both of them," he said. "I'll be cheering for both of them."

Sonny's Note: Be sure to check back on Friday as Tiger Rag will have much more on this story in the Tiger Wrap.

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