Cal on Miller's Mind

Duncan (SC) Byrnes defensive end Corey Miller is one of the top prospects in South Carolina. He holds offers from some of the top schools in the South, but also has three offers from the Pac-10, including one from California. Cal Sports Digest caught up with Miller to talk about his recruitment, the Golden Bears, and the factors that will play into his final decision…

Corey Miller (6-5, 230) is one of the nation's top rising prospects. Last year, he ran a 4.69 forty-yard dash at the Scout.com Charlotte Combine while checking in at 6-foot-4 and 218 pounds. Nine months later, Miller still running 4.6 forty's consistently but now sports a 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame.

Fresh off his junior day visit to South Carolina this weekend, Miller is still wide open about his recruitment. With offers from Clemson, LSU, North Carolina, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee, and Texas A&M among others, there is one offer that continues to emerge as one of his early favorites.

"[My recruitment] is pretty open but Cal is still on my mind," said Miller.

"Distance is not a factor. In life, sometimes you have to move away to experience it."

Miller says he would like to get out to the West Coast to make some visits, but considering the distance, it does not make much sense at the moment.

"It would be up to my parents," said Miller. "That would be a long way to go for an unofficial trip. I want to wait until I can take my official to get out there and check it out."

Despite the distance, Miller says Cal is recruiting him as much as schools closer to home. He feels he has bonded with Cal DL Coach Tosh Lupoi. Furthermore, in comparison to his other West Coast suitors, the Bears are constantly in contact with him.

"I keep in contact with Coach Lupoi regularly," said Miller. "I was talking to [DL] Coach [Michael] Gray at Oregon until he left. But Coach Lupoi is straightforward with me. He is a younger guy so I feel I can relate to him. We talk about the game and a little bit about life stuff. He's told me he's offered 11 defensive ends from the West Coast to New Jersey. He is not telling me I'm the only one. He says, ‘If you don't like to compete then Cal is not the place for you.'"

Miller says Cal is recruiting him as a defensive end. "But Coach Lupoi has thrown out the hybrid spot," Miller added about the spot Zack Follett played last season in the Bears' 3-4 defense.

He says at Byrnes, they have a package that allows him to play on and off the line. Therefore, Miller says he is comfortable at both spots. Nonetheless, the pressing question is his knowledge of what Berkeley has to offer both on and off the field.

"I really don't know much about Cal," said Miller. "I watched the Maryland game and the [Emerald] bowl game, against Miami. I like that they really get after you [on defense].

However, he is sure about few things he expects from his college choice.

"Academics," said Miller. "What they offer, how they help you get through school. The players around me, how they feel about where they are at – the depth chart. Who's coming, who's going, [and whom] I have to compete with. And the coaches. How I get along with them and the atmosphere around."

Miller has had the opportunity to visit schools near him unofficially. In turn, he may reserve his official visits for schools further away. While he claims no real favorites, a few schools are becoming identifiable.

"I went to Florida State's junior day, I just got back from South Carolina's junior day, I'm going to Clemson's junior day, and I will make the trip up to North Carolina State's junior day on March 28," said Miller.

"I know I‘m going to visit Cal and Oregon, but I am not sure on the rest [of my official visits]. I'm familiar with Florida State. And Tennessee, I know a little bit about them. I got to check out one of their practices. North Carolina, I've seen a couple games down there."

The very important spring evaluation process is just over a month away. It is the time (April 15-May 31) when college coaches – save head coaches – can observe and evaluate prospective juniors in on a high school campus for a period of four weeks.

"As far as the spring evaluation period, right now, I am trying to work as hard as I can to better myself," said Miller. "Hopefully, the spring evaluation period goes well, everything goes well, I'm just trying to make a name for myself."

Academically, with two qualifying test scores, including a 21 on the ACT, and a solid GPA, he has already established his name as an excellent student.

"Not sure about my core GPA but my overall GPA is 3.58," said Miller. The SAT, for the two required courses for NCAA regulations, add up to 910."

Stay with Scout.com and CalSportsDigest.com for continuing coverage on Corey Miller's recruitment.


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