As the weeks roll by so does interest in 2010 Byrnes DE Corey Miller. Showcasing his talents on a weekly basis for the Rebels Miller has quickly become one of the marquee prospects to keep a close eye on at the defensive end position not only on a state level but nationally for 2010. Just last week Corey picked up his latest offer and we caught up with him to talk about that offer, recruiting as a whole, his outlook for this week's game against a 8-2 Boiling Springs team, and the possibility of playing Dorman one more time.
His latest offer comes from the ACC conference as Bobby Bowden's Florida State Seminoles extended him an offer last week. When asked about the Seminoles offer Miller replied, "I feel good about it. Justin Bright talks really highly of the place. I just want to get down there Saturday for the Clemson game and check it out."
The Seminoles bring a little more intrigue to the table because of not just their pipeline to the NFL but because one of Miller's former teammates and good friend, Everett Dawkins, is a freshman for FSU.
"Of course the fact that they keep a great line will improve their chances. Playing with E again would be nice but as of right now I'll keep my options open."
While he is keeping all of his options open at this point in time he did tell us that a few schools are really pushing harder than others in terms of recruiting the 6'4 218 pound speedster off the end. "North Carolina definitely shows a lot of love at the moment. More than other schools. Florida State showing up with an offer is big too so I'm pretty excited to see what all the talk is about."
Miller has seen a handful of schools already and he talked a little bit about what he likes about some of the schools he's visited.
UNC: Coach Blake and Coach Davis are great coaches, both with experience of coaching in the NFL. They have a great atmosphere and fans. They have a lot of promise going into their program.
Clemson: Coach Napier is still a great guy along with Coach Rumph. Plus I've got a couple of former teammates down there that love it. I also really like the team unity and the way they do things.
Georgia: They always have had great fans and atmosphere week in and week out. They also have a great coaching staff. I still have yet to recieve an offer but that ferocious defense still really stands out for me.
A few weeks ago the Rebels suffered their first loss at the hands of Dorman High School. It was indeed the game of the year thus far in the state of South Carolina and Miller shared with us his thoughts looking back. "I don't really want to say there's a particular reason we lost but as a defensive whole we have to play as a team and be consistent at what we're doing. We have to accept challenges and respond in uncomfortable situations. I love my teammates to death and I'm willing to do anything for them. We just have to continue to play together."
There remains a strong possibility that the two programs could clash once again in the AAAA Division 1 playoffs and we asked Miller if the thought ever runs through his mind. "Everyday i think about it and just the possibility is a raging fire in my heart. I take it personally and would really like another shot at them, but we're taking it one week at a time and we're not looking past anybody."
In fact up next for the Rebels are a 8-2 Boiling Springs squad who has a huge offensive line similar to Dorman's. Miller says he and the Rebels are dialed in and focused on the task at hand with this week's matchup against the Bulldogs. "I'm looking forward to making myself, Jamey Cheatwood, and Logan Stewart better in the matchup with Boiling Springs. The team is working hard this week seeing as we're closing out the regular season at home against a hungry 8-2 team. We want to go out on a good note so I'll stay positive with a clear head going into this week's matchup." He and the rivals he mentioned specifically are all good friends off the field and are supportive of each other outside of the matchup between the two programs.
In fact Miller had a special message for his friend Brandon Thomas of Dorman High who suffered a torn ACL in their matchup. "My thoughts go out to Brandon Thomas who's out with the ACL injury."
In a previous interview Miller said Thomas along with Malcolm Boyd and the rest of the Dorman offensive line were the toughest matchup he's faced in his career. So does that statement still hold true now even after some games against teams from Florida and Georgia earlier this seaon? "I would still at the moment have to say that they are. They always have and still do bring it every play."
This offseason Corey made it a point to try and focus on being much better with his footwork (wears a size 17) and adding weight to his frame. "Yeah I worked hard during the summer on the agility bags with Coach Srock. Adding weight though, hasn't really been working for me. I'm still at 218 pounds right now. So I have decided to not play basketball so I can spend the entire offseason lifting weights and eating to gain at least 20 pounds." That should be welcome news to opposing basketball teams as Miller holds his own on the hardwood as well for the Rebels.
So with a strong group of offers on the table currently Miller says he will remain open to any other schools that become heavily involved in his recruitment. There are a few programs who haven't offered him a scholarship yet that he says he'd like to hear more from. "I hear from Oregon a little bit but that would be a great offer to have. Miami would be a great school to hear more from also."
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Kerry's Notes: The Georgia Bulldogs are the program closest to home who haven't upped the ante with an offer and in our conversations with Miller it appears that they would be one of the frontrunners if they did extend him a scholarship offer.
North Carolina has really come on strong especially with the strong season they are having. Their stock is definitely on the upswing and top prospects like Miller are definitely taking notice. Butch Davis and company are starting to gain better footing in the Palmetto State especially with the uncertainty of Clemson at this point in time.
Miller is one of the most outstanding prospects we've seen in a while not only on the field but off the field as well. After the games we've attended he's made it a point to seek out some of the opposing team's players and speak at length with them to encourage them and tell them how much he enjoyed the competition. You don't find that too often in this day and age. You have to love that fire and desire in a talented prospect like himself. Miller is also a big motivator and leader for his own squad during games whether it be on the field or on the sidelines.
As of right now I'd project Miller to be a 4-star prospect when the star rankings roll out for the 2010 class. If he adds some additional weight and moves to his then expect him possibly be a 5 star.