Jai Eugene Confirms Visit to Michigan

The Nov. 19 Big Ten showdown at Michigan Stadium between Michigan and Ohio State is turning out to be the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for the Wolverines. Speculation had been rampant that athlete Jai Eugene of Destrehan, La., High School would be one of the big names coming to Ann Arbor on an official visit. Is he visiting this weekend?

GoBlueWolverine.com spoke with Jai Eugene on Monday, and he confirmed the visit. "I'll be going to Michigan for the Ohio State game," he said. "It's my first official visit and I'll be going up alone. It will be my first time at Michigan and I'm really going to be looking at how the coaches get along with the players, and the atmosphere of the stadium, and the academics of the school."

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Eugene is used in a variety of positions for the Wildcats, including quarterback. Destrehan defeated Lake Charles-Barbe 33-13 on Friday. "I had two touchdown passes at quarterback, and I had around 85-yards rushing," he said. Eugene had 115-yards and two interceptions on his 8-of-20 night at quarterback.

As far as his position of choice, he said, "I do play wherever they need me, but I'm being recruited as a defensive back and that's where I want to play in college."

Michigan will be the first of Eugene's official visits. While dates haven't been set yet, he said he will also visit Miami, USC, Florida, and either Oregon or Tennessee. The hometown school, LSU, will not get an official. "I'm up there all the time," Eugene said. "I don't need to take an official there, I think I've seen all of it."

Family considerations may keep the No. 1 rated defensive back in the country close to home, though Eugene wouldn't say as much. "I have a 10-month-old son, Jai, Jr.," he said. "I love my son a lot, but if I do decide to go out of state my mom and dad will take care of him. I just need to make the right decision."

Eugene said Michigan coach Fred Jackson, who is recruiting the five-star athlete for the Wolverines, was recently in Destrehan. "He was here for our game against East St. John," Eugene said. "We lost our only game of the year that night 52-7."

"Michigan definitely has some playing time available at my position, and I'll be looking at them when I decide."

The Destrehan star will be having a special announcement later today at his school. Stay tuned to Scout.com for the latest on this and other news.

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