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Darius Stills Makes NFL Draft Decision, Will Be Returning To Morgantown For Senior Year

The elder Stills will play alongside his brother for one more season before heading to the NFL.

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The West Virginia Mountaineers and head coach Neal Brown received an early Christmas gift today, as junior nose tackle Darius Stills announced that he will forgo the 2020 NFL Draft and will return to Morgantown for his senior season.

The elder Stills brother made the announcement via social media early Friday evening.

“I would love to thank my family for staying by my side through thich & thin, through all the blood, sweat, & tears. Without them I don’t know where I would be today. I would also love to thank the Lord for blessing me with the opportunities that have come to me in my life. These past 3 years having the opportunity to live out my childhood dreams of playing football and being able to showcase my talents for West Virginia University holds a special place in my heart & I wouldn’t trade it for the world. With all that said and after talking with God and my family, I have decided to forgo the 2020 NFL Draft and return for my senior season. I am excited for what the 2020 season has in store for coach Neal Brown and for the team. Let’s get to work! Trust the climb!” - Darius Stills

Stills started 11-of-12 games for West Virginia at nose tackle this season and racked up 47 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. He was named to the All-Big 12 First Team earlier this week, and received an honorable mention for Defensive Lineman of the Year.