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It’s been a wild ride for Corey Miller

by Brandon Oliver on January 27, 2010

in Tennessee Vols Football Recruiting

Corey Miller

Corey Miller

With all the twists and turns surrounding the University of Tennessee in recent weeks, one of the most constant and most positive things through it all is the fact that Corey Miller is still a part of this class. The four-star defensive end has remained steadfast in his commitment to the Vols. Whether it was the “hostess” situation, the coaching change, his high school teammate de-committing or anything else, Miller has always been a Vol and is doing his part to make sure this class finishes strong under new coach Derek Dooley.

Miller has been recruiting like crazy for Tennessee, where he enrolled a couple of weeks back and so far he feels really good about the things that are happening.

“You know man it has been a wild ride. There is no doubt about that. With everything that has gone on, it has presented me with some unique challenges but each one of them was overcome through my faith and my desire to make the University of Tennessee and the football program a better place.”

With the attrition that has happened around him and the landscape changing daily with coaches and recruits in Knoxville, Miller has done his best to stay focused on the task at hand.

“For me, I am an early enrollee, so I have had to deal with the challenge of being away from home, starting college classes and working out in a college workout program all at the same time. It has been a challenge for sure but if life throws challenges and tests at you every day and if you don’t learn to deal with them you are going to be in a world of hurt.”

Miller has been working on keeping the class together and is doing whatever he can to represent the university in the best manner possible.

“You can bet I have been working the phones and putting in my time. A lot of people have over reacted but I guess it is justified. Some people felt betrayed and left at the altar but for me, Tennessee was always the right place no matter what was going on around me. I am trying to find the guys who feel the same way and I think Coach Dooley has done a great job already and he will have everything in place sooner than later.”

While his former high school teammate at Byrnes High (Duncan, SC) and former Tennessee commit, Brandon Willis gone to North Carolina after the coaching change, Miller understands what happened and wishes Willis the best.

“Brandon had to do what was best for him and his family and I know he always liked UNC in addition to UT. I think with everything that happened it just made more sense for him to stay in the Carolinas and get a great education. Either way, he is still my boy and we are both going to be successful.”

Miller says there are some good things ahead for Tennessee as singing day approaches and spring football is just around the corner.

“I think Coach Dooley and the rest of us will have our hard work paid out on signing day. We have lost some big time athletes but I think we are going to be able to replace them with some great talent. I can’t wait for it to come and go so we can get on and represent the University of Tennessee on the field and put the rest of this to bed.”

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Admiral January 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I love your attitude Corey! You’ve already established yourself to the Vol Nation with the way you have carried yourself through these difficult times. Good times are on the horizon young man! Make us proud and GO BIG ORANGE!!!

2 Jeff January 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm

This sounds like a really good kid. I hope he has a great career here at Tennessee. That’s the kind of players that we need!! The kind of kid that wanted to be at UT because it”s UT. That’s awesome!!

3 carl judkins January 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm

corey miller certainly has an amazing since of belonging already. i am so impressed with his attitude and aproach to vols even with all the turmoil. the volunteer nation not only needs young men like this, i think the world needs more corey millers

4 salsahound January 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm

What a great story. You want to know what a winner is, well there you have it. If Corey translates that team attitude into the workplace, then he will have a great future. This story does my heart good. Corey, if you read this, man, your welcome at my house anytime. Hats off to your parents for raising a son that other people can be proud of. Shoot, I might just go home and kiss the wife.

5 walt January 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Corey, you are a credit to the great University of Tennessee, your faith, and your parents. We are better for having you on our team. Thank you for being such a class act and tirelessly fighting for our football program. Can’t wait to see you lighting up opponents on the field this fall!

6 VOL03_NC February 4, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Awsome! Can’t beat that…

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