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Darius Stills Announces He is Returning for Senior Season

Cody Nespor

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In the middle of a big recruiting push, West Virginia got good news in terms of in-house recruiting Friday night when junior defensive tackle Darius Stills announced that he will not be declaring for the NFL draft and will return to WVU for his senior season.

During his end of season press conference earlier in the day head coach Neal Brown said that Stills was considering declaring for the draft and that the two were going to talk about it later.

“I’m supportive of the guys, I think it’s fair for them to see how they’re viewed,” Brown said. “We’re supportive of that. We’ve been in contact, I’m going to talk to him again today.”

It seems the talk went well as less than four hours after Brown’s press conference ended, Stills has decided to stay.

Stills was named to the All-Big 12 first team earlier this week after a seven sack, 14.5 tackle for loss season. He was tied for the team lead in sacks with his brother Dante. Darius was also an honorable mention for Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Earlier this week the Fairmont native sent out a pair of tweets indicating he was considering entering the draft.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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