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Alabama's top-ranked DT, Tigers have mutual interest

There is mutual interest between Clemson and the state of Alabama’s top-ranked defensive tackle, Birmingham-Jackson Olin four-star Coynis Miller.

Clemson dispensed an offer to Miller a couple of months back, and he told The Clemson Insider recently that he expects to visit this summer.

“I’ll probably come to Clemson during the summer,” he said.

What is he looking forward to about the visit?

“Just meeting with the coaches,” he said, “building a great relationship.”

Clemson, particularly defensive line coach Todd Bates, is communicating with Miller regularly.

“I hear from them a good bit,” he said. “Me and coach Bates text back and forth, so just building a relationship with him.”

Miller said he likes Bates from what he knows about him.

“He’s a great guy,” Miller said. “I feel like he coaches players hard. He just gives them what they need and all they have to do is execute it.”

Miller (6-4, 275) touts other offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Michigan and Ole Miss.

He said it meant a lot to get the Clemson offer in February.

“I love the way they work,” Miller said. “Seeing videos and talking with the coaches, I just love the way they work. They got swag joining.”

Alabama and Auburn have made the in-state product a priority in this recruiting cycle, and the two schools are regarded as the favorites to land him.

But Miller wants to visit other suitors and says his recruitment is fully open, while he said location will “not at all” be a factor in his decision.

“Both are great schools,” he said of Alabama and Auburn, “but I’m just happy to go wherever my heart tells me where I fit.”

Miller visited Auburn in January, LSU and Alabama in February, and Georgia in March. He wants to check out Florida over the summer as well and listed LSU, Florida, Alabama and Auburn as other schools standing out to him right now.

He said he’ll likely narrow his recruitment near the beginning of his senior season and plans to announce his commitment with a video after the season.

He’s looking to choose the school he feels most comfortable at.

“Just mainly where I feel more comfortable at, where I feel home,” he said.

Miller is ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle in Alabama by 247Sports and Scout, with both recruiting services ranking him among the top 200 players in the 2018 class.

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