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West Virginia Football Recruiting: Dante Stills Chooses To Stay Home And Become A Mountaineer

The Mountaineer coaching staff just secured the top player in the state for the second year in a row

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The West Virginia Mountaineers just picked up the most important piece to the 2018 recruiting puzzle, and we can finally stop worrying about the No. 1 player in the state leaving his home for an SEC program. Fairmont Senior’s Dante Stills just announced his commitment to the Mountaineers at a pep rally, ahead of the Polar Bears’ opening game against Robert C. Byrd.

Stills, of course, is the son of former West Virginia great Gary Stills and the brother of current Mountaineer defensive lineman Darius Stills. Dante’s recruitment really picked up over the last year, with offers coming from nearly every Power 5 conference, but the Mountaineers were right there with him the whole time.


Height: 6’ 4’’

Weight: 265 lbs.

Power 5 Offers: Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest

Big 4 Ratings:

  • 247Sports - 4* (94 rating)
  • Rivals - 4* (5.9 rating)
  • Scout - 4*
  • ESPN - 4* (#214 in ESPN300)

Junior year highlights:

The Smoking Musket Analysis

In Two Words - if you have to remember just two things about this player...

  • Explosive
  • Legacy

Impact on Other Prospects?

Stills’ commitment gives the Mountaineers their fourth defensive lineman in the 2018 recruiting class, but I’m not sure it’ll be their last. The staff may hit the junior colleges for another lineman, depending on how the guys that are currently on the team perform this season. Keeping Dante at home may also help the Mountaineers out with a couple other major targets, such as Kwantel Raines and Zackoby McClain, who have seemingly formed a bond with the No. 1 player in the state via social media.