RECRUITING: Packaged deal for Louisiana CB?

Destrehan, La. cornerback Jai Eugene talks about his game, interest in Oklahoma and the possibility that he might attend the same college as teammate Chaz Washington.


Jai Eugene is a super athlete who is so good in high school that he lines up at quarterback, but most college coaches are looking at him at wide receiver or a corner.

"I play quarterback and that is my position in high school," said Eugene. "I told my coach that I didn't mind moving to cornerback if that was what I needed to do to help the team. What it does is it makes me stay after practice and work on drills that will help me play cornerback in college. They are drills that will help me with my footwork and my ability to cover off the line of scrimmage. Actually, playing high school quarterback helps me because it helps me learn about routes and what covereges are being used in the secondary. I know that most college coaches are looking at me at either wide receiver or cornerback, and I really want to play cornerback in college."

Eugene broke into the starting lineup as a freshman at cornerback and played in dime coverage. As a sophomore, he became a full-time starter at cornerback, but moved to quarterback after the fourth game of the season last year. When the defense needed an extra DB, Eugene was also on the field in the secondary.

Last season, Eugene finished with 1,165 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, while also rushing for another 650 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, Eugene finished with 30 tackles and seven interceptions.

Eugene can bench 280 pounds, squats 405 and he posted a 34 ½ inch vertical jump. Eugene excels in track in the 100M/10.3 and 200M/21.5 to earn honorable Mention All-American Honors.

Eugene attended camps at Tulane and Ole Miss this past spring, and he went to the Miami camp last season and the LSU spring game.

Eugene has 35 offers at this point and doesn't seem to be in any hurry to narrow down his choices.

"I don't have a top five right now. I am trying to keep it wide open," said Eugene. "Maybe by the end of the summer or early in the season I will narrow my choices down to five from eight. I can't narrow my choices down right now because I haven't seen many schools.

"I hope to get out and see a few more this summer. I would like to get to Georgia, Auburn and Arkansas this summer. I am also looking at Miami, USC, Oklahoma, Florida, Nebraska, LSU, Florida State, UCLA and a lot of other schools right now."

What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?

I have on an Oklahoma shirt right now," said Eugene. "I love Oklahoma, and I love Coach (Chris) Wilson a lot. I enjoy talking to him. My teammate — Chaz Washington — has given them a verbal already or something like that. Oklahoma is one of my favorite schools, and if Chaz and I could play at the same school that would be great. We have talked about that a lot, but I have told him that I can't make my decision based on that. If that works out then great, but if it doesn't then that will be OK too. We would just go our separate ways and do well at whatever school we signed with."

Eugene has qualified.

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