Tigers squarely in the mix

The University of South Carolina may be out of the running for this Palmetto State defensive end's services, but Clemson appears to be right in the mix.

Byrnes High School's Corey Miller said recently he was not interested in playing football for the Gamecocks after a recent visit to Columbia.

"I really did not see much that I like about the area," the 6-foot-3, 231-pound rising senior said.

As for Clemson, Miller sees a lot he likes about the Tigers' program and where it is headed under second-year head coach Dabo Swinney.

"It is pretty good at Clemson," he said. "They have Da'Quan (Bowers) and they are recruiting A.J. Cann (from Bamberg). They have some good people over there and their defensive line is always good year in and year out.

"My thoughts with them are pretty good. Coach (Chris) Rumph is a great guy and they have Coach (Kevin) Steele from Alabama and he is given them a whole new attitude on defense. The defense is really getting after it. It is pretty fun over there right now."

Miller is also in good with Florida State, the only school he can honestly say will be one of his five official visits.

"I have been checking them out for a while," said the three-star athlete. "It's the state of Florida. The area is nice out there. It's a clear sky. It has nice weather. It's a nice place. They have nice facilities and it's a program with history."

Miller is also being courted by Southern Cal. Though the Trojans are not one of his 20 offers to this point, he has been in talks with their coaching staff several times in recent weeks.

"I talk to Southern Cal on a weekly basis," he said. "They said they are interested in me and they hope that I'm not afraid to come out to the West Coast."

With offers from Oregon and California already on the table, Miller hopes to be able to find a way to get to the west coast and make some visits there before narrowing down his list for official visits.

"There are no favorites at this point, though I have been checking out Florida State for a while," he said. "I'm just trying to keep my options open and see how everything works out."

Miller says the whole recruiting process has been more work than he thought it would be, but at the same time he says it has been a lot of fun as well.

"We can go do different kinds of things and go and visit different kinds of schools. It's a blessing really," he said. "It's been a lot of work. It's not just the coaches at those different schools doing their part. It's you doing your part also by getting in touch with them. It works both ways."

Besides Clemson, South Carolina and Florida State, Miller has also visited North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

"North Carolina has Coach John Blake and Butch Davis, who have experience coaching the defensive line in the (NFL). They have the program coming up real fast," Miller said. "Georgia is a powerhouse all the time. They know what they are doing and they run their program pretty tight.

"Tennessee has Lane Kiffin and Monty Kiffin and they have things hyped over there. It is crazy up there right now."

When Miller does decide where he wants to go to school, he says it's important the school he plays for has coaches and players that care about one another more than they do themselves.

"You have to look at it this way. You want your coaches to love the job at the place that they are at because you are committing to that place because of them pretty much," he said. "If they are not going to be there then it is just a waste of time in the whole process.

"You want to make sure that they love what they are doing and that the players love where they are at. It gives you a feeling that you actually want to be there."

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