Darius Stills has always had Mountaineer blood running through his veins. He is the son of former West Virginia defensive legend Gary Stills, who starred on the field in Morgantown in the late 1990s.
In the near future, Darius Stills might be the next “Stills in the Hills.” Just a few days after announcing his verbal commitment to Rutgers, Stills picked up an offer from the WVU football team.
Darius Stills hails from nearby Fairmont, W.Va., a short drive down I-79 from Morgantown. He has grown up going to WVU football games and cheering for the Mountaineers. His younger brother, Dante Stills, is one of the most sought-after recruits on the east coast. A rising junior, he is a four-star recruit and named in the ESPN Top 300. His story, though, is a year away.
The name of the hour, now, is Darius Stills. Stills had a decision to make by committing to Rutgers. He has an even tougher decision to make coming up, if he wants to play for the Mountaineers.
Darius Stills will not be the first football recruit to decomit from a school and flip to another program. He won’t be the last, either. Hundreds, if not thousands, of young players will have the opportunity to change their mind on their future playing situations.
Stills is regarded as the No. 11 prospect in the state of West Virginia. He stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 255 pounds. He is listed as a defensive end and middle linebacker. He will likely be a defensive tackle or end at the next level, depending on his team’s needs.
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Prior to receiving an offer from the Mountaineers, he held offers from Rutgers, obviously, as well as Appalachian State, Kent State and Liberty. He also visited Penn State, Ohio State and was able to take part in a national camp in North Carolina, earlier in the year.
However, with the Mountaineers now on board, things change dramatically. According to the crystal ball predictions on 247sports.com, Darius Stills is 100-percent going to the Mountaineers.
If WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen can land Stills, some of the heat will be off him and the coaching staff for losing out on a handful of other Division-I football recruits from the state of West Virginia.
Darius Stills’ father, Gary, was originally from New Jersey. He has since established roots in West Virginia, where he has raised his kids. He played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and St. Louis Rams, but returned to the state where he was able to hone his football skills.
With a WVU football offer, Darius Stills now has that same opportunity to stay home. Then, maybe, he can go on to that same professional career, just like his father.