Big 12 offensive linemen will have the pleasure of trying to stop Darius and Dante Stills, who are carrying out the family legacy at West Virginia University after their father, Gary, wore the blue and gold 20 years ago. These two brothers are extremely talented, but, they have some big shoes to fill.
Gary Stills is 2nd all-time at WVU in sacks with 26, and then went on to have a successful nine-year NFL career. Stills was taken by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 75th overall pick in the 3rd round, where he had an outstanding six seasons, even appearing in the 2003 Pro Bowl.
Throughout his nine seasons in the NFL, Stills spent time with the Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens, and St. Louis Rams. He finished his career with 190 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and six forced fumbles.
Last season, Darius Stills came onto the scene as kind of a surprise. He was a 3-star recruit out of Fairmont Senior High School, where he committed to Rutgers but shortly decommitted after he received an offer from WVU. Stills was red-shirted, but the coaches decided to burn the red-shirt after a few injuries on the defensive line.
Darius went on to appear in eight games, including the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl against Utah. He is expected to start at nose tackle this year as a true sophomore, where he will be the driving force of Tony Gibson’s 3-4 defense.
The 6’4″ 265 pound 4-star recruit, Dante Stills, seems to be the one that the state of West Virginia is excited about. After an extraordinary career at Fairmont Senior, where he led his team to the last two AA state championships, Stills made an appearance in the Nike Opening and received the honor of being an Under Armour All-American.
Recruiting website, Rivals, has Stills has the 116th overall player in the class of 2018. Stills headlines an impressive 2018 recruiting class for WVU, and he was a highly sought after recruit with 21 Division I offers.
Darius and Dante Stills are expected to be a problem to all Big 12 offenses in the coming years, and they both have high hopes of one day hearing their names called at the NFL Draft, just like their dad.