In-State Legacy, 4-Star DE Dante Stills Chooses WVU
After mulling offers from some of the nation’s top college football programs, Dante Stills has chosen to play at WVU.
Dante Stills never really considered any place but West Virginia.
It wasn’t because his father, Gary, parlayed a college career with the Mountaineers into a 10-year run in the NFL. And it wasn’t because his brother, Darius, accepted a spot on the team last recruiting season and is in line to join the defensive line rotation as a true freshman.
Nah, he had his own reasons.
“I belong there,” the 6-foot-4, 265-pound, 4-star senior defensive end from Fairmont Senior High School (Fairmont, W.Va) told Blue Gold Sports Wednesday night, just ahead of his Thursday commitment. “I think I can do big things there. It was my choice. My choice wasn’t because of them fully. Some of it was, but I just think I can make a big difference at WVU and ball out.
“I just feel it’s the right place. Feels right.”
The top-rated player in the state of West Virginia and ranked among the best 150 players in the country, Stills had other major offers from top programs around the country. His Top 3 consisted of Oklahoma and Florida, and he visited Penn State, too. Stills even said he loved his visit to Penn State and that it was a “great school” with an “insane” atmosphere.
But at the end of the day, there was no place like home. That’s why he took only one hat with him to his pep rally announcement ceremony that occurred just hours before the first game of his senior year at Fairmont Senior High Thursday afternoon.
Eyes have been on the Stills’ brothers since they were young after having come from that NFL pedigree, but only in recent years does Dante believe that his game has really developed.
“I’m smarter about the game, and I have gotten a lot stronger mentally and physically. I’m more mature about the game,” he said.
“I know more about the game, and I take it very, very seriously,” he offered as an explanation.
Stills’ main role along the defensive line for WVU will be to get to the quarterback, a role he’s excelled in at defensive end for four years at Fairmont Senior. Stills said he just wants to do his job and play the game he loves, but getting to the quarterback will be his main objective.
Asked if he had any advice for future quarterbacks and offensive linemen in the Big 12, Stills made it quite simple: “Don’t sleep on me … because I’m coming.”