If you have been a Mountaineer football fan for any amount of time the name Stills will undoubtedly sound familiar. Before playing 10 seasons in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and St Louis Rams; Gary Stills was a standout linebacker at West Virginia.
Now 17 years after Gary departed WVU his son Darius is looking to continue his fathers’ Mountaineer legacy. A junior defensive end at Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont, WV, Darius already has the size to be a collegiate athlete. At 6’3 255 lbs Darius has become an imposing threat at the end position this past season.
Darius has become a regular visitor to Morgantown lately taking six unofficial visits. “knowing that my dad played for WVU makes my desire to play at WVU much larger because I want to make the legacy move on and follow my dad’s footsteps” Stills said of his determination to get a WVU offer. At this time Darius holds an offer from West Virginia Wesleyan but is holding out for more, “my only interest for college football is WVU, I’ve been wanting to play at WVU since I started football.”
Darius has enjoyed getting to know the coaches as well, specifically Damon Cogdell who played with his father at WVU from 1997 to 1998. “Coach (Cogdell) told me at the WVU camp he was going to keep evaluating to see how I’m going to progress over the next year and they will see from there.”
Like most recruits who visit WVU, Darius likes the environment in Morgantown, “I just love the environment that the fans have. It makes me feel like I’m home when all I see is blue and gold around me,” Stills said of his time spent at WVU.
Darius’ younger brother Dante, a 6’4 265 lb sophomore defensive tackle at Fairmont Senior, has the same aspirations to be a Mountaineer, “We would both love to play at WVU.”
Whether or not Darius will become a Mountaineer is yet to be determined. However, there is no doubt his desire to continue the Stills legacy at WVU is strong.