May 14, 2009

Third Byrnes player gets UGA offers

Georgia has targeted a pair of Byrnes (S.C.) teammates in running back Marcus Lattimore and defensive lineman Brandon Willis, and now they have made a third player from the powerhouse school a priority as well.

Defensive end Corey Miller picked up the offer from the Bulldogs on Wednesday, although they were far from his first.

"Georgia was offer No. 21 and this is the only new offer this spring," Miller told UGASports.com last night.

While Miller had been hoping for an offer from the Bulldogs, the 6-foot-4, 228-pound talent admits that he was not stressing over it either.

"I don't really want to look at it as relieved but more so as accomplished," he said. "It felt good to finally get it from Georgia."

Last June, Miller came down to Athens with Willis expecting an offer would be coming soon. But 11 months later the Rivals100 prospect had yet to get that elusive Bulldogs scholarship. The defensive ends coach came up from Athens Wednesday to let the Byrnes staff know.

"Coach (Jon) Fabris came to practice and told my coaches face to face that it was an official offer," Miller said. "I have been to Athens I think about four times total. Two times I tried to earn an offer in camps and them waiting so long has an effect. Actually, I was kind of stand-offish because I hadn't been offered."

Colleges are vying for that ever important official visit for the four star lineman. But will the late entry into the Miller sweepstakes eliminate the Bulldogs from consideration?

"I am not sure if Georgia will get an official because I have no officials planned at the moment. I have no clue, but I will check into it soon though. Everything is still wide open so the Bulldogs along with other schools are still in it," Miller said.

While it is still early for Miller, the Duncan native does have some aspects of his recruitment mapped out already.

"The only planned camp right now is Showtime at FSU on July 18 i believe," he said. "I am going to try and cut it to seven or eight after I see some schools on the west coast. As far as a decision, I plan to decide sometime in 2009."

With six state titles in the last seven years, the Byrnes Rebels have developed into one of the premier programs in the entire country. Miller says he and his teammates do not plan on easing up and taking anything for granted.

"We talk about legacy and how you will be remembered all the time at Byrnes," he said. "Our senior class is strong but we know that we can't do it without the help of the team and coaches. So we just got togo at it headfirst and make the best of our opportunities."

With multiple highly touted teammates, the question of arises of whether the Byrnes boys will choose the same school and play together in college. Now that Georgia has offered three Rebels, the discussion will likely be reopened.

"The chance of us playing together might be pretty high, or it may be pretty low," he said. "We have talked about it but in the end it's all a matter of individual decision making."

Miller did have some revealing thoughts when asked if anything has stood out amongst the schools involved.

"Honestly the nicest campus was FSU and the coach I get along with the best is John Blake from UNC," said Miller.

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