James F. Byrnes Defensive End Corey Miller Commits to the Florida State Seminoles!


Even before Seminole Showtime started, Corey Miller felt right about Florida State and decided to become a Seminole, as Florida State's 7th commitment of the 2009 class.

Hometown: Wellford, SC
High School: James F. Byrnes
Height: 6'4 3/8"
Weight: 230 lbs
40-Yd: 4.61
Vertical: 34"
Bench Press: 335
ESPN Ranking: ESPNU 150 Watch List (but a stone cold lock to make the 150)
Rivals Rating: #4 Weakside defensive end, 4-star (5.9 grade).  #57 overall player in country.
Academics: unsure of his major (he's only 17 years old), but very good in the classroom. Will graduate early and enroll in January.

Miller is my favorite prospect in the 2009 class.  He was TomahawkNation's first interview and has impressed everyone with each update.

Here's an ESPN Scouting Report (Video available at link)

Miller is the definition of high motor.  He never quits.  Extremely athletic, but doesn't rely solely on his athleticism.  Will throw a variety of moves at an offensive lineman.  Great frame for adding weight, with broad shoulders and long arms.  Should play as an upperclassman at 255lbs (roughly).  Shows good toughness even though he's not a huge kid yet.  A very productive player, he was named Byrnes' top defensive lineman in 2008.  Very athletic and is a huge matchup problem for offensive tackles.  Corey can play out of control at times, but that's something to be corrected by college coaches.  There are few negatives with his game (if any) that aren't fixable through strength training and good coaching.  Miller is an elite prospect and will be the next in the line of great Seminole defensive ends coming out of the Appalachian Mountains (Boulware, Brown, etc).* Starter on 2 State AAAA titles as a sophomore and junior - 2007 and 2008

* 2008 Byrnes Rebels Best Defensive Lineman

* Named to 2008 All Region Team

* 2008: Registered 119 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles.

*  Second team all-state selection as a junior...

*  Also recruited by: LSU, Georgia, Miami-FL, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Mississippi State, Cal, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Auburn, Maryland...


But there's more to Corey than his film.  He's a very hard worker.  Miller not only does his workouts with Byrnes' top notch off-season program, but he puts in work outside of the program as well.  Corey is a leader in the 8am off-season workouts.  He's also extremely impressive to talk to.  Some recruits really leave me wondering how they can ever succeed in college.  Corey isn't one of those guys.  He is clearly a highly intelligent kid.  He answers questions fully, and gives thoughtful answers.  The other night we were discussing the pro's and cons of leaving college early to pursue the NFL and after I pointed out that an athlete could easily put aside part of his expected signing bonus to return and finish his final year of school, Corey reminded me that as long as you are on a team you have to give your all to that team.  He's a kid who just has it together and I have no questions as to his ability to succeed in the classroom.  Last Wednesday, I was asking him about his college search (generically, not school specific), and we started talking about how I picked a law school.  I told him that I tried to block out the things every school offered, and focus on what set those schools apart.  How comfortable was I at each school?  Did the school have what I am looking for academically and otherwise?  What kind of support system did they have for me?  Did I know anyone else going to that school?  Corey had some thoughtful things he was looking for as well.  I could go on, but you get the point.  He's one of the most impressive 17-yearold athletes I've spoken with, and others echo those sentiments.

I didn't expect Miller to commit Saturday because he is making a trip out west to see Cal and UCLA, but I texted him after he did.  Miller has always liked the 'Noles since he was a little kid, and it's no coincidence that another academically minded defensive end from the Carolinas just made the NFL as a Junior (Everette Brown).  With two of his former teammates in tow (2009 safety Justin Bright  and 2008 DE/DT Everette Dawkins), FSU had a family feel and the 'Noles now have quite the pipeline to Byrnes high.  He has an excellent relationship with FSU's coaches who made him a top priority.  FSU was able to lay out the plan for Miller and it worked because Miller could see himself succeeding at Florida State.

Miller will graduate high school early and enroll at FSU in January as what's known as an "early enrollee."  Before he does, however, he's going to try and grab two of his current teammates:  4* DT Brandon Willis, and 5* RB Marcus Lattimore, both of whom have the 'Noles very high on their lists.  Miller says that his class is going to be special.  He already has the numbers of several prospective 'Noles and speaks with Darius Cummings and a certain South Florida corner who has yet to publicly commit.  

Here's Miller (at left):

Corey Miller is doing all the right things so far in his young career and looks to have taken the first step to becoming a great Seminole.  

Current Defensive Line Commitments:

WDE Corey Miller (4*)
SDE/ DT Darious Cummings (4*)
SDE Tavares Barnes (not yet rated)


The TomahawkNation.com recruiting map has been updated to reflect the commitment.

Make sure to check the TomahawkNation.com Recruiting Board to stay current with all the 'Nole's current targets!


Check back later today for more updates!

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