Darius Stills Details Verbal Commitment to Rutgers Football

Fairmont (W.V.) defensive tackle Darius Stills spoke 1-on-1 with Scarlet Report about why he committed to Rutgers and how he feels about head coach Chris Ash.

Setting a commitment date went out the window when Fairmont (W.V.) defensive lineman Darius Stills arrived for his second unofficial visit to Rutgers. Stills, who verbally committed to the Scarlet Knights at the end of a Saturday visit, said it felt like the right time.

“I always felt like when I wanted to commit somewhere, I'd like to do it at the school,” Stills said. “I felt it in my heart when I first visited. I felt really comfortable around the Rutgers coaches. I know that it's a place I can go for four years and be around good people.”


Stills left Rutgers Saturday after a verbal commitment to head coach Chris Ash.

“I'm really excited because it was my dream to play college football,” Stills said. “There's not better conference than the Big Ten. … It's an honor to play for [Ash] because he's building the program from the ground up. I'm playing for a good coach, and I get to play with good people.”

Stills' younger brother Dante Stills accompanied him on the visit, and will be a top target for the Scarlet Knights in 2018.

“He's really excited,” Stills said. “He was yelling and screaming and he's excited. He's considering Rutgers even more because I'm going there. He thinks it's cool.”

Far from the country roads of West Virginia, distance is an adjustment but not a concern to the 21st member of Ash's recruiting class.

“Yeah it's pretty far but the thing is, I have family around New Jersey, so I'm not completely away from everyone.” said Stills, who has family in Baltimore.

Stills joins Mike Tverdov and Jaohne Duggan in the Rutgers 2017 defensive line class.

“Fans can expect big things,” Stills said. “They're going to see hard work out of me. I'm not the type that's going to let my fans or my coaches down.”

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