After more than two years of recruitment, Dante Stills, the best player in West Virginia, and one of the best defensive tackles in the nation has finally made his choice. Dante, the younger brother of current West Virginia freshman defensive tackle Darius Stills, and son of former West Virginia star, and NFL linebacker Gary Stills, made his commitment to West Virginia official today, after countless visits to Morgantown. Despite the family ties, this is an absolutely massive recruiting victory for Dana Holgorsen and defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.
— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) August 24, 2017
THE STILLS FILES
Stills picked West Virginia over his other to finalists, Oklahoma and Florida. He also held offers from a number of major P5 schools, including Georgia, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He’s received visits from both Florida and Oklahoma, but Stills has only ever visited Morgantown, mainly to see his brother play. West Virginia has been the favorite for pretty much his entire commitment, and to finally get him on board is a huge relief for West Virginia.
Stills is the 16th commitment in West Virginia’s 2018 recruiting class, one of the fastest growing classes in the nation. July was a very good month for the Mountaineers, and they’ve obviously carried that momentum into August, as Stills is easily the highest ranked recruit in West Virginia’s class. He’s the only unanimous four-star in the class, and will almost certainly finish as the top recruit in the class, a fact that could reflected shortly after he arrives on campus, because he could start right away.
On the field, Stills is an absolute monster in the gaps on the defensive line. He’s not massive, at 6-foot-4, 265 pounds, but he’s strong, powerful, and can cause some serious havoc in the backfield thanks to his impressive arsenal of moves, and excellent grasp on using leverage to beat inside linemen. He’s solid, both against the run, and in rushing the quarterback, and could be downright dominant with some development. His ceiling comparison is Muhammad Wilkerson.