Jai Eugene switches and signs with LSU
A change of heart sends him to Death Valley
Eugene on signing day with friends and family.
In early January at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Eugene shocked many recruiting experts with his verbal decision to attend the University of Michigan. However, in the topsy-turvy world of college football recruiting, nothing is final until singing day, February 1.
"After committing with Michigan, I started to have second thoughts," said Eugene, "and after that, I started realizing what is important to me." In the end, staying home became important to Eugene.
"It's hard to leave home, and it's hard to leave LSU with the great program that they have. So, before it was too late, I called Coach Miles and told him that I was staying home," said Eugene.
Eugene said that LSU’s fans and a chance to play in front of 100,000 plus at Death Valley was a major factor. He also believes that he has a better chance to start early for the Tigers, as opposed to Michigan. "Not to be cocky, I think I can be starting by the end of the season," said Eugene.
Being close to his son, Jai Jr., and his family sealed the deal for Eugene. At his son's first birthday, Eugene realized that staying at LSU was the right decision for him. "It wasn't that I worried about him being taken car of. It was that I wanted to see my son," said Eugene.
Originally recruited by Nick Saban before he left LSU for the Miami Dolphins, Eugene was equally impressed with Coach Les Miles. "Coach Saban was the first coach to offer me a scholarship," said Eugene. Even after he committed to Michigan, Miles told Eugene that he wasn't going to give up on him, as they continued to pursue him after the All-American Bowl.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
Ashlyn Frahm is this year’s salutatorian for Destrehan High School (DHS)....
A St. Rose man has received a mandatory sentence of life in prison for the 2012...
HBO is back in St. Charles Parish filming an eight-part series called “Quarry” that...
Although Randall “Randy” Harvey had an idea he might be named Destrehan High School...
After finishing last season 14-1 and losing a host of key players to graduation,...
Boutte Christian Academy (BCA) is a childcare and educational ministry of Life Church in Boutte. BCA was founded in 1980 as a Mother's Day Out Program and has grown over the years into a Class "A" Child Care Center and a State-Approved School
Tiger offense squeaks by ‘D’ in annual Hahnville Burger Bowl - 1924 views
The purple and gold pitted themselves against each other under overcast skies in the annual Burger Bowl intrasquad scrimmage last Saturday at Hahnville High School.