Heels Will Make Miller's Cut

Within the next week, Corey Miller plans to announce his final eight schools. He says California, Florida State, North Carolina, and Tennessee will occupy half that list.

"All four schools are pretty much locked in there," said Miller, a 6-foot-3, 231-pound defensive end from Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes.

"Florida State, I like the history of the program. Coach Odell [Haggins] and Jody [Allen], they're going to have a great season. Even though they have the problems with the academic probation – I'm still checking into that situation – they're doing well.

"North Carolina, it's just they're up and rising, and they're going to have a great program next year. And it's going to continue to rise, because of the coaching staff they have.

"California, I want to get out there and check them out. Tosh Lupoi, their defensive line coach, I get along with him pretty well. And they had a pretty good breakout team last year – they beat Miami in the Emerald Bowl.

"And Tennessee [they have] Coach [Ed] Orgeron, Monte Kiffin, Lane Kiffin – those guys are amazing up there. They're turning the program around. I can't wait to see what they do this season."

By the end of the summer, Miller will cut his list of eight down to five schools.

UNC making the initial cut to eight schools comes on the heels of Miller's most recent visit to Chapel Hill last Friday.

"I brought my mom with me and she really enjoyed it too," Miller said. "It kind of gives North Carolina a certain edge. The main thing is I get along with Coach [John] Blake and Coach [Butch] Davis really well."

Originally, Miller had planned to participate in at least one session of UNC's two-day camp, which was going on during his visit. However, tonsillitis prevented him from partaking in any physical activities.

Regardless, Miller made sure to watch Blake as he coached the defensive linemen.

"Coach Blake, he definitely knows what he's talking about," Miller said. "He has fun coaching and the guys he coaches have fun, judging off their reactions. He has great techniques and knows how to get his players' best effort."

During the camp, Miller conversed with teammate Jazz King and fellow defensive lineman Kareem Martin.

Later that evening, Miller met with Blake in his office.

"He talked about the future, life, and decision making – what happens if I come there [and] if I don't come there," Miller said. "He's got my back on anything. I can talk to him about anything. He's a great dude"

Blake went into detail on the game plan for Miller, if he were to choose UNC.

"He feels I can make an impact as a freshman," Miller said. "They're already a big-time D-line that gets after it with Marvin [Austin] and [Robert] Quinn. [Blake] brings them in, and puts them out [into the NFL] – that's what you want out of a coach."

Miller also spoke to Butch Davis for "a quick minute."

"He just asked me how I was doing and hoping everything was going well with me," Miller said.

In addition to UNC, Miller has visited Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Before the end of the summer, Miller said he hopes to make a west coast trip to see California and UCLA – although he noted such a trip unofficially would be difficult to put together.

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