Venables offers South Carolina legacy

After a solid camp showing at Clemson, the son of a former South Carolina linebacker picked up an offer from Brent Venables.

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The offer was given to Spring Valley High School [Columbia] junior Christian Miller. His father, Corey, played nine seasons in the NFL after his career at South Carolina.

CUTigers recently spoke with Miller about his first offer.

"They called me over and coach Venables was with coach [Dabo] Swinney," he said. "They just told me that they're going to offer me a scholarship and they'd love to have me at Clemson, and they want me to be a Tiger."

His first recruiting experience in Clemson was a good one.

"I had a good time, a really good time. I went up there for the first time…I worked with coach Venables," Miller said. "He coached me. He was taking his time, breaking stuff down for me, just kind of showing me the system and everything.

"After that, they showed me around a little bit. I met the coaching staff and everybody. It was really nice. They showed me the locker room and the field. I saw the workout room and everything. It was really nice. I really liked it."

Because of his father's connection to South Carolina, Miller said most folks assume he'll end up playing for the Gamecocks. It's not necessarily that cut and dry.

"Everybody thinks I favor Carolina, which I really don't. I'm open to everybody," he said. "It doesn't matter to me. Of course, I like the Gamecocks and everything, but now it's time to focus on a school where I'm going to fit in and a school I'll like.

"I can't just go off what I've grown up on or where my dad went. I've got to make the decision for myself, for a place that I like."

Miller plans to visit Alabama and Florida State later this month. A return trip to Clemson is in the works for the first few days of August, to watch preseason practice.

As a sophomore, he had 72 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and five sacks.

On Monday, Miller bench pressed 265 pounds, ran a 4.5 40-yard dash and recorded a 34-inch vertical leap.

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