Byrnes DE drops commitment to Vols

January 13, 2010 

Tennessee not only lost head football coach Lane Kiffin and some of his staff to Southern Cal Tuesday night, the Vols also lost a commitment from Byrnes High School defensive end Brandon Willis.

"I was just about to leave (Duncan for Knoxville) when that came on," said Willis, who was going to join Byrnes teammate and defensive end Corey Miller as an early enrollee. "All my bags are packed. I'm talking to my dad right now trying to figure out what to do. I'm back open.

"I've got one more official visit. I might take it, I might not," he said. "UCLA is still in the mix. I won't stay in the state. And I won't go to Tennessee. They had the nerve to call me and ask me to come to Southern Cal. And coach Orgeron had just told me he was going to be my coach at Tennessee. Auburn just called me. I don't know what to say."

Miller already has enrolled at Tennessee. Willis said he thought Miller would return to South Carolina, and rumors were running across the state that he might end up at USC. But Miller said late Tuesday night he's sticking with UT.

"I'm 100 percent Vols," Miller said. "I'm going to class tomorrow. I love Knoxville. I love this place and this is where I'm going to be. It was a letdown (to hear the news of Lane Kiffin's departure) but we've got to stick together as a team and pull through it."

Miller said he's not talked to recruiters from other schools and has no plans to. Once he attends class Wednesday morning, he becomes locked in with the Vols.

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