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Irish eye West Virginia legacy

Three-star defensive lineman Dante Stills has family ties to West Virginia but that hasn’t stopped Notre Dame from recruiting the Mountaineer state prospect.

Notre Dame recruiting target Dante Stills has family ties to West Virginia but the 6-foot-4, 265-pound three-star defensive lineman from Fairmont High School in the Mountaineer state isn’t sure to follow in his father’s and brother’s footsteps.

“It's a family school,” Stills said. “I’ve been around it my whole life but I have to go where it's best for me.”

Gary Stills was an all-Big East linebacker at West Virginia before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1999. He went on to play 10 years in the NFL.

Darius Stills, a two-star defensive end, signed with the Mountaineers earlier this month.

Now it’s Dante’s turn to sort out his recruitment.

That’s no easy task considering he already holds offers from West Virginia, Louisville, Penn State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, among others. He has drawn interest from Notre Dame, Ohio State and several others.

Irish assistant Mike Elston reached out earlier this week.

“He said they like me a lot,” Stills said. “He said how they want to build a relationship with me and they are excited about me. They want me to come on campus and visit.”

Stills plans to visit South Bend after basketball season.

Scout.com lists Stills as a defensive end but Notre Dame is recruiting him as a defensive tackle, a position where Stills is confident he could excel.

“I’m aggressive with my hands and have quickness,” he said.

As a junior, Stills recorded 53 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss and six sacks.


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