Army AA Jai Eugene Sets the Record Straight

There has been a lot of chatter surrounding the No. 1 defensive back in the country since a report came out quoting Jai Eugene as having dropped two of his long-time favorites. spoke with Eugene after he arrived for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game, and he set the record straight.

The top defensive back in the country according to arrived in San Antonio on Sunday as festivities for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl began. Jai Eugene of Destrehan, La., High School caused quite a stir when it was recently reported that he had dropped two big-time favorites - USC and Tennessee - from his list. He set the record straight while speaking with "I didn't really drop anyone," he said. "For the game I had to list four schools, so those were the ones I listed. I still have a top six." Miami, Michigan, LSU, and Florida are the other schools on the five-star prospects list.

Eugene said he would announce his decision at the game on Jan. 7. "I already know my choice," he said. "I can't say right now whether I'm going to stay in-state or not." He did say that Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English was the last coach he had spoken to. "He text messaged me to say Happy New Years, I talk to him almost every day," Eugene said.

While he is the top DB in the country, Eugene played quarterback for Destrehan this season. "I just had to play where I was needed," he said. "But it's defensive back all the way for for me in college. Some schools are recruiting me for wide receiver."

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Eugene visited Michigan for one day on Nov. 18, and USC for the weekend of Dec. 16. He said that if he selects one of those schools, he would not take another official visits. He does have three remaining visits scheduled - Florida on Jan. 20 and Miami on Jan. 27. He said he also has a visit scheduled for Tennessee, but didn't know the date. He will not visit LSU officially. "If I choose a school I haven't visited yet, then I will take my official visit to that school only," he said.

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