On the phone with the standout defensive end from Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., Weis talked about how he coached as an assistant at South Carolina under Joe Morrison in the late 1980s. Weis explained to Corey Miller, that when Morrison passed away of congestive heart failure after playing a game of racquetball, that the Gamecocks program held together in its time of great sorrow.
"He was putting emphasis on the fact that even if you lose someone important to the program, the program stays strong," Miller said. "He was saying that they have a tight, family program at Notre Dame, and that it's stronger there than just one guy."
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Miller was impressed by that. He also understands that. His high school program is the same way.
Already holding 13 scholarship offers from places like California, Clemson, Tennessee, North Carolina and Texas A&M, Miller is just one of many standouts on a Byrnes team that could compete for a mythical National Championship next fall. Notre Dame is the latest school to offer Miller and his teammates Marcus Lattimore and Brandon Willis.
"The program at Byrnes has been on the rise the past years," Miller said. In helping lead his team to a state title last season, Miller racked up 119 tackles, 19 stops for a loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. "Everyone is kind of realizing you can't get anything done if you don't work as a team.
"We're just trying to keep the bus moving. We have four wheels on the bus, the athletic wheel, the academic wheel, the social wheel and the spiritual wheel. We're just trying to keep the wheels on the bus, and keep winning. Everything we do, we try and do as a team because you have to be able to trust the people you are playing with. We push each other on the field and in the weight room. I think we have that team togetherness, and hopefully we can put it all together and make a run for a National Championship."
Miller is looking to win a National Championship on the next level as well. He currently says he's open to all schools, and won't be making a decision until National Signing Day next February.
"First off, I'm looking for great academics," Miller said. "I'm trying to get my grades. Second, since location has nothing to do with my decision, it's going to be the coaching staff, depth chart, the competition, who's leaving and who's staying, and the atmosphere around the school."
Miller has already taken visits to Florida State and South Carolina. He has trips scheduled to see Clemson on March 7th and North Carolina on March 28th. Miller is looking to see Notre Dame sometime this summer. Lattimore and Willis would likely join him.
"They're a great program, ever since Lou Holtz was coaching there back in the day," Miller said. "They produce great athletes, and it seems like they're headed in the right direction."