Miller Returning to the Hill

DUNCAN, S.C. --- Like most of his Byrnes High teammates, Corey Miller has made several visits to North Carolina – including a few during the football season.

"[I've visited so much] just because the opportunity to get there and to see different things – what's going on around there," Miller said. "It's a nice place. I've enjoyed my time down there, so I'm going to continue to see what's going on. "

Miller, a 6-foot-4, 218-pound defensive end, will return to Chapel Hill on Saturday for the second weekend in a row.

"I'm supposed to attend this leadership event," Miller said. "A couple of my teammates are coming with me."

Last weekend, Miller attended UNC's Spring Game, where he spoke at length with John Blake, who is handling his recruitment for UNC.

"He was just talking about his career as a coach and what he's doing at North Carolina and how he would like to help me out if I would choose to go there," Miller said.

Before leaving campus Saturday, Miller met with Butch Davis.

"He touched on life things, how I was doing, and where the program is headed at UNC," Miller said.

Before traveling to UNC, Miller plans to visit Tennessee Friday.

In addition to all his UNC trips, Miller has visited Clemson, Florida State, and South Carolina.

Twenty schools have extended Miller a scholarship offer, including California, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, UNC, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.

Miller is mostly being recruited as a defensive end. However, a few schools have discussed standing him up in their schemes.

"Maryland is talking about an outside linebacker/defensive end mix," Miller said.

Depending on the opponent, Miller will stand up for Byrnes few times a game.

"Since I'm used to it somewhat, I'm not against doing it in college," Miller said. "Whatever the college wants me to do, that's what I'm going to do."

For the most part, though, Miller lines up at defensive end.

"He's your prototypical defensive end," Byrnes head football coach Chris Miller said. "He's got real good strength and speed to come off that end."

Following his junior season, Miller received All-Area, All-Region, and second team All-State recognition after accumulating 105 tackles including 17 for a loss and eight sacks, and 34 QB hurries.

Miller, who is considering a December graduation, says he's wide open.

"At this point in time, I don't have a favorite [and] don't have a possible leader," Miller said. "I'm just trying to take it all in at this point and see what each school has to offer."

Within the month, Miller plans to narrow his list of options to roughly eight schools.

"Academics is first," Miller said regarding the important factors in a school. "And how well I get along with the coaches, atmosphere around the place, and the depth chart –who's going to be playing in front of me, who's leaving."

His teammates' choices, says Miller, won't factor into his collegiate choice.

"It's not going to affect me at all," Miller said. "… One person commits for their own personal reasons."

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