Heels in Front for Miller

DUNCAN, S.C. --- Although he says he's still fairly "wide open," Zach Miller admits that North Carolina is "probably [his] top choice."

"I love the campus, I liked their dorm rooms," Miller said. "Coach [Butch] Davis is pretty cool and all UNC's coaches are straight forward with everything – they'll tell me how it is."

Miller, a 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback from Byrnes High, said UNC began recruiting him in December and then offered him a scholarship – his first – a couple of months later.

"It's wonderful," Miller said. "It's a huge stress reliever for me."

Although he is still awaiting his second offer, Miller is receiving significant interest from Clemson, Colorado, Duke, Illinois, Louisville, South Carolina, and Wake Forest.

A few weeks ago, Miller made his first visit to UNC when he attended the Tar Heels' Spring Game.

"I had wanted to go up there for a while," Miller said. "They wanted me to get up there, but I just really hadn't had the chance. Once I found out about the spring game, I was like ‘I'm going to make sure I go up there.'"

During his Chapel Hill stay, Miller was driven around the campus and met the entire coaching staff. He spent the most time with Art Kaufman, who is handling his recruitment for UNC.

"[Kaufman] was telling me about what it was going to be like if I were to come up there – what we're going to do," Miller said.

Before leaving campus, Miller – along with teammates Jazz King, Corey Miller, and Brandon Willis, who also visited – met with Butch Davis in his office.

"He was telling us how much he really, really wanted us, what type of guys we were, and what we would do to help this program," Miller said.

Clemson is the only other school Miller has visited.

Miller doesn't have any future recruiting trips scheduled. However, he plans to visit Duke and return to UNC. He also is considering camping at Clemson and Duke this summer.

Miller said he isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

Three of Miller's teammates – Marcus Lattimore, Corey Miller, and Brandon Willis – also own UNC scholarship offers. Miller revealed that he and his teammates have discussed the possibility of attending the same college.

"I don't quite know, yet," Miller said regarding a "package deal." "Marcus Lattimore, Corey Miller, and Brandon Willis, they have so many [offers]. I really can't say, right now."

After seeing time as a reserve during his sophomore season, Miller stepped into a starting cornerback role as a junior.

"He's a typical corner that plays here at Byrnes," Byrnes head football coach Chris Miller said. "He's got great speed, he's got good instincts, he's got vision for the ball – he's a great cover guy."

Miller ended his junior season with 50 tackles, three interceptions, and ten pass breakups. He registered 20 tackles and an interception as a sophomore.

Byrnes' defensive scheme is heavy on man-coverage, but also incorporates some zone.

This fall, Miller will be asked to serve as Byrnes' "shut down" cornerback, which would require him to shadow the opponent's top receiver.

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