Top Defensive Back Checks In From Louisiana

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, much of Louisiana is recovering from the devastation. Luckily, Jai Eugene's hometown of Destrehan wasn't hit as badly as some of the areas in the state. We were able to catch up with Jai as he told us about his experiences both in the world of recruiting and day to day life.

Jai Eugene found himself evacuated to Houston as Hurricane Katrina ravaged his home state of Louisiana.  "I tried to find a way to contact my coach, but it just didn't happen," he said.  Now, Jai finds himself back playing the sport he loves.  "We lost some games and we tried to schedule a few more games. We had a game Sunday and we had one day to prepare for it, but we came out with a victory.  As far as I know the playoffs are still on," he said.

Jai has commented that most schools want him in their defensive backfield but others, including Nebraska, may have different plans.  "The majority want me to play cornerback. Some schools (Florida, Nebraska and Oklahoma) would let me go both ways. One school offered me as a QB (Kansas State).

Obviously, official football visits are one of the last things on Jai's mind, but he did admit that after some time, he will sit down and give them some thought.  "About two weeks from now we're going to set them up but I at least want to go to two during college football season and three after," he said.

Eugene has narrowed his list down to eight schools: Miami (FL), Florida, Michigan, LSU, Tennessee, Nebraska, USC and Oklahoma.  Jai sorted through about 40-45 offers to come up with that list.

In terms of his relationship with the Cornhuskers, Jai keeps in close contact with his "brother", Nebraska's own Barry Cryer.  "I haven't talked to any coaches but I talked to Barry about how their season's been going," he said.  Eugene remarked that Cryer has already prepped him in case he decides to come to Lincoln.  "He told me about the fans.  When Barry told me he first went out there people knew his name, people in the stands called his name and that's tight, that's fly and coaches treat you like family," he said.


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