The recruiting process for many high school athletes across the country requires a lot of travel, patience, and sometimes aggravation. That journey was no different for Fairmont Senior High School defensive tackle Darius Stills. Stills, whose father Gary played for WVU, grew up a Mountaineer fan and envisioned one day playing for the Mountaineers. After no word of an offer from his dream school, the in-state prospect visited with Rutgers, and eventually committed to the Scarlet Knights on July 30th.
Stills recruiting process didn’t end there, in fact it got really interesting. Two days later, Stills returned home to a message on Twitter from defensive coordinator, Tony Gibson. What happened next was a dream come true for the young man.
“We had a little regular conversation and then he offered me. I was really excited, it kind of threw me off because I didn’t think he was going to offer me, but when he did something in my mind just clicked.”
Hours later, Stills de-committed from Rutgers and announced via Twitter he was committed to the Mountaineers. He had received the offer for which he had been waiting and would attend his dream school, which also happened to be the school where his father had played.
“I feel every kid should be able to go to their dream school. Plus, I earned a scholarship too, that means even more to me because I work hard in the off season, I train every single day. When they (WVU) offered me, it really paid off.
Darius attributes a lot of his exposure and success in the recruiting process to his parents who took Stills to camps and spoke with the coaches, making sure their son will get the best possible experience as a Division 1 athlete.
“My mom really mostly helped me out by taking me to the camps and stuff, helping me get exposure. My dad also helped out a lot by talking to the coaches about my recruitment.”
It has to be gratifying for Darius’ father, former Mountaineer Gary Stills, to watch his son commit to a school he once played. You could say it wasn’t just a dream come true for the young athlete but also for his father. I know my dad at one time wanted me to play basketball for WVU in my old playing days, but let’s be honest I stand at six feet tall on a good day. Darius is on his way to follow in his dad’s footsteps and create his own chapter for the Stills family.
“He (Gary) was really excited because he was like now you can continue the legacy. He wants to see me in a Mountaineer uniform just like everyone in the state, he was really excited about it.”
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