RECRUITING: The Prince of Thieves

Any ball-hawking secondary fit for a king needs a Prince of thieves at the corner, and Tennessee is inching ever closer to securing one for its Class of 2006.

Prince Miller, 5-foot-9, 185 pounds of Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., is one of the Palmetto State's most prized prospects and a high priority ticket for the Vols. A physical corner with excellent coverage skills and blazing 4.38 speed, Miller has the strength to jam a big receiver at the line and the quickness to stick to a fly route like fly paper. Rated No. 19 at his position by Scout.com he is considered by other services to be one of the top 100 prospects in the nation.

Certainly Tennessee has been recruiting him that way. The Vols made him an offer in April and have been all over Miller much like he gets all over the football. Their approach has paid off as Miller announced Monday UT was one of three favorites for his services.

"I like Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State," he told Scout.com's Ryan Jordan. "Those are my top 3. I don't really have a favorite right now. They're all just really even."

Even better than being a finalist for Miller is the fact there are no in-state schools currently on that list.

"There's just an opportunity to do something big out of state," he said. "I respect all the schools here in South Carolina, but I just have to do what's best for me."

Although he knows leaving South Carolina is in his best interest, he's not sure where he might land.

"They're all just top notch programs," he said. "You just can't lose with those schools. They take care of their players and they win a lot of games. I've been to all three of these schools already. They all have nice facilities and real nice coaches. There's nothing that really separates one from the other."

Miller is used to the no-separation concept especially when it comes to pass coverage. Still he's driven to improve to close the gap further.

"I am good at jamming the receivers at the line," he said. "There are not too many that can run away from me. I also go up to get the ball well. I understand the game because I look at a lot of film. But I want to work on getting better on coverage. I do it well now, but you can always get better."

Miller has helped lead Byrnes to three straight state titles playing several different roles including running back, wide receiver and cornerback. Although teams avoided throwing in his area last season, he still intercepted five passes by baiting quarterbacks and using his dazzling closing speed to swoop in for a pick. He also returned three punts for touchdowns. He averaged over seven yards per carry.

As one might imagine the competition for a player of Miller's talents is very intense.

"They're all on me really hard right now," he told Ryan. "I can't really say one is recruiting me harder than the other."

The school that signs Miller will have to supply an opportunity for early playing time.

"I will be looking for playing time," he said. "I think I can play the first season."

While Miller is sure of himself, he's not so sure when he might have a decision on a college. "I really don't know when I'll make a decision at this point," he said. "I think I'm close but I don't really know. I have a lot to think a lot about. Nothing really separates these schools for me right now so I don't know what I'm going to base my choice on." The wait for Prince Miller figures to be an intense thriller.


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