Justin Miller Speaks Out

CLEMSON – In about a month, Clemson football coach Tommy Bowden, as well as the entire throng of Tigers fans, will know whether or not star cornerback Justin Miller will be back for his senior season. <BR>

But at the present moment, Miller has no clue where he's going to be next year.

"Right now I'm just weighing my options and going through the whole process," Miller said Wednesday afternoon. "I'm meeting with Coach Bowden and sit down with my mother and just going through the process."

A portion of Miller's process consists of filing out an evaluation form and submitting it to the NFL. Toward the end of the year, Miller will be told where NFL scouts and teams have him rated against other cornerbacks.

"You have to see who is coming out and who is where," Miller said. "That's going to have a lot to do with where you go in the draft."

Most scouting services not associated with NFL teams, such as Mel Kiper, Jr. at ESPN, have Miller rated as one of the top five cornerbacks in the country. But whether or not that's good enough to earn him a first-round selection is anybody's guess.

"If you ask me, I'm always going to tell you that I'm one of the best players in the country," Miller said. "If I think it's a situation where I don't think I'm going to be successful, then I'm going to come back."

However, even if he is a first-round pick, that doesn't guarantee he's turning pro.

"I can go and be a late first-round and still not be where I expected," Miller said. "If I come back and I can be a top-five pick."

"I just want to know how much better I can get the next six months from this time period to next year," Miller said.
One of the major determining factors in what Miller, 20, does will obviously be what the NFL evaluation says.

"I just want to know how much better I can get the next six months from this time period to next year," Miller said.

While he's mulling the decision, Miller said agents have been calling his mother relentlessly trying to sign him up. He's just trying to live a normal life until he returns to Kentucky for the holidays.

"I try not to think about it a lot," Miller said. "It's like going to college and choosing the right program for you. Right now I'm just trying to finish out the year."

But that's been difficult considering he's getting advice on what to do from all sides.

"My teammates are like, just do what ever makes you happy and what's the best decision for you," Miller said. "If you ask fans and faculty around here, everybody is telling me to come back for one more year. But it's a decision I'm going to have to live with. I'm going to be the one out there every day sweating and blood and tears. I'm the one that has to live with it."

One of the people he's listening to the most is Bowden. But Miller said his coach hasn't tried to bribe him by saying that he could play offense next year, something Miller would love to do."

"He hasn't said anything like that," Miller said. "But I might need to ask him, though."

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