Darius Stills now has the rare opportunity to live out a lifelong dream. He will be a Mountaineer, not a Scarlet Knight, in the fall.
Stills grew up about 30 minutes south of Morgantown in Fairmont, so like most people around him, he was raised as a WVU football fan. It certainly helped that his father, Gary, was a Mountaineer, himself. He played for the WVU football team in the late 1990s and has his family set up in the region.
Darius Stills had been growing into a Division I level caliber over the past two seasons with the Fairmont Senior Polar Bears. He has the big body type to thrive at the highest level of college football and he will get stronger as gets more ingrained with the Mountaineers weight lifting program.
Stills stands at 6-foot-3 and checks in at 255 pounds. He is nimble for such a big guy as he has ran a 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds.
He was just as quick to announce his intentions to become a Mountaineer. Darius Stills wanted to let everyone know, rightfully so, on social media. Who wouldn’t want to spread the word when a dream comes true?
The offer came in around lunch time, as he tweeted it out. Then, he tweeted out that he wants to fully be a part of the WVU football team shortly after 10 p.m. on Monday night. This process came just a day after he announced that he was committing to Rutgers. Again, who could blame him for doing what it takes to live out a lifelong dream?
There are thousands of kids throughout the state of West Virginia who want to, but will never have the opportunity to, live out their dream of suiting up in the old gold and blue. Now, Stills gets that chance.
He may have ruffled some feathers up in New Jersey, but Stills definitely did the right thing. He handled the recruiting process with class and dignity and good things came out of his patience.
There will be other prep prospects who offered a verbal commitment to one school recently, but will then back out and go to another school. There are a number of reasons why that will happen such as coaching changes, personnel swaps or even a new clothing deal. But for Stills, his reason to remain home trumps any other excuse.
He is now the second instate prospect to commit to the Mountaineers, along with Maverick Wolfley. There were other instate recruits who chose to go elsewhere, and Stills had a message for those Power Five players who opted to play in the Big 10, SEC or ACC.
Stills wants to be a Mountaineer, that’s a great thing. He fits right into the culture and pride of the program. With him on board his younger brother, Dante, is likely to follow in 2018.