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Stills Continues Family Legacy, Commits to WVU

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Dante Stills shows off his WVU hat after committing to the Mountaineers. Dante Stills shows off his WVU hat after committing to the Mountaineers.
MORGANTOWN -

The Stills legacy will continue at West Virginia University.

On Thursday, four-star defensive lineman Dante Stills committed to the Mountaineers during a pep rally ahead of the first game of his senior season at Fairmont Senior High School. Stills will join his older brother, Darius, and his father, Gary, in playing his college football up the road in Morgantown.

“I’ll be attending West Virginia,” Stills said at a pep rally as he put on a blue cap with the Flying WV.

His father, a former WVU linebacker, quickly embraced him as his classmates cheered in appreciation that their top athlete will be staying home.

After racking up more than 20 scholarship offers, Thursday’s decision came down to three schools, with West Virginia battling Oklahoma and Florida for Stills’ services.

Stills, listed at 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, is considered the top player in the state of West Virginia for the 2018 recruiting class and is ranked as the eighth best defensive tackle in the country according to Rivals.com.

As a junior, Stills had 6.5 sacks and 75 tackles, including 17.5 for a loss. MaxPreps lists Stills as a preseason All-American as he prepares for his final fall at Fairmont Senior.

Gary Stills finished his WVU career with 159 tackles and 26 sacks before the Kansas City Chiefs picked him with their third round selection in the 1999 NFL Draft. He spent nine seasons in the League, playing for the Chiefs, the Baltimore Ravens and the St. Louis Rams.

Darius came to WVU this offseason and has quickly turned heads among the defensive staff. Coordinator Tony Gibson called the freshman a “pleasant surprise” in his first college camp as the Mountaineers look for players to step up after losing all three of last season’s starting defensive linemen.

Dante Stills will open his senior season Thursday night as Fairmont Senior hosts Robert C. Byrd at 7:00 p.m.

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