After you take the initial look at 2010 Byrnes DE Corey Miller you can't help but be amazed at the size and potential he has. Once you watch him work on the football field though that sense of amazement rockets to almost off the charts. You see Miller has started to quickly become one of the most sought after prospects in the 2010 class. We caught up with Miller to discuss it all.
Last season was a great one for Miller as he teamed with Everett Dawkins, Brandon Willis, and Chris Whitney to form one of the toughest defensive lines in the southeast region. The group helped anchor the Rebels' defense as they went undefeated in winning the AAAA Division 1 state title. How good was the season for Miller though? "I had 109 total tackles, 4 sacks, 1 TD reception, 1 forced fumble, and 36 quarterback pressures last season."
Miller has been on the camp and combine circuit this offseason and talked about one more upcoming camp that he's looking forward to. "Well I'm trying to work out the Seminole Showtime camp on July 19th in Florida State so that may be my last camp for the offseason." So far Corey holds three offers. He has offers from Clemson, Maryland, and Texas A&M. As of late three schools have been pursuing Miller the most diligently he says. "Georgia, Clemson, and Florida State have been coming the hardest." With all that said we asked Miller if he had a list of early favorites and he replied, "It's early on but as far as the attention I'm receiving from them it would be Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Maryland, and Texas A&M."
Gearing up for next season the 2010 standout says he's enjoying the process thus far but when told that he's become one of the top prospects in his class regardless of class he responded, "Wow man its crazy you know. A couple of years ago I never would have expected it, but I love it and I hope I continue to get the love."
"The area I'm working on the most this offseason is my footwork most definitely. With a size 17 shoe I guess I better pick'em up (laughs). And of course I'm working hard in the weight room trying to put on some pounds."
With so many schools actively recruiting him so early could more schools be on the verge of offering him? "As of now I have no idea but hopefully. I'll just keep working and hopefully the schools will keep coming."
Miller says he looks up to two NFL standouts to try and learn from and pattern his game after. "Well I just look at a couple of Julius Peppers and Jason Taylor's games with them being so tall and agile. It gives me a look at some ways to manuever around offensive strategies."
Film evaluation is crucial to the development of not just professional players but even high school prospects. Miller spends a lot of time watching film to prepare himself for battle. Speaking of battle we asked Corey what players he felt were the toughest he's faced in his career thus far. "The toughest players would have to be Brandon Thomas and Malcolm Boyd from Dorman. Those are two big guys on the offensive line with a little speed and power with them. They are great players and I love the competition between the both of them. They get after it and challenge you every play!"
Miller also has a good grasp as to what he's looking for when selecting a college destination. He shared those critical elements with us. "Well first would be my education, then playing time, the facilities, coaches, and program prestige. The atmosphere is always there in college football so that shouldn't be a problem."
With 3 offers already in hand expect Miller to continue his fast ascent up the rankings nationally and you can bet more offers will be rolling in for the 2010 stud as well. SCPrepNation.com will have all the details of his recruitment here first so stay tuned.
Up Close And Personal...Corey Miller
3 CDs you're playing the most right now? Lil Wayne, Shawty Lo, and Gucci Mane
Favorite food? gotta be the hot wings
Favorite movie? Friday
Favorite actor/actress? Mike Epps
Dream date? anywhere with Alicia Keys
Dream school? I think I will keep that behind closed doors at this point (laughs aloud)