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Byrnes star will stick with the Vols

Byrnes High defensive end Corey Miller said Monday he will enroll at the University of Tennessee on Jan. 11.

Miller, who committed to the Volunteers in September and graduated from Byrnes in December, said he isn't worried about the NCAA's investigation into the Vols' recruiting practices.

"I'm just going in trying to focus on football," Miller said in a phone interview. "My gut feeling is to go in there and do whatever I have to do to get on the field."

Miller said he never considered de-committing from Tennessee after the NCAA announced last month it was investigating the Vols' use of hostesses to lure top players.

"I'm just putting all the negative media stuff about the violations behind me," Miller said. "Any speculation about me going to North Carolina or any other school is not going to happen."

The NCAA investigation was first mentioned in a New York Times article on Dec. 8.

A few days later, Miller, along with teammate Brandon Willis, was shown in a photo on Sports Illustrated's Web site with two hostesses identified as Dahra Johnson and Lacey Earps, on Byrnes' field after a victory against Gaffney on Sept. 25.

SI's story reported both girls were members of Orange Pride, a student group that provides hosts for football recruits at the University of Tennessee.

Miller and Willis have each said they had no prior knowledge the hostesses were going to show up at the game.

Willis, who committed to Tennessee with Miller in September and had also planned to enroll early with the Vols, told that he contacted the school Saturday and de-committed.

Willis plans to announce a decision between North Carolina and UCLA during the U.S. Army All-American game Saturday in San Antonio.

Miller, who participated in the Under Armour All-American game Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla., said he and Willis did not originally plan to commit to the same school despite rumors stating otherwise.

"Me and (Brandon) have discussed the subject (surrounding the rumors)," Miller said. "It's a joke to us. It was never a package deal just because we were both bookends. He's my boy and I'll always support him, but it was never a follow-the-leader situation."