We spoke to Stills (6-2, 175, 4.36), who ran a 4.36 forty at the Scout.com Combine, early this morning after he flew home from a passing event in Florida, and asked him about his interest in USC, a school he's consistently expressed high interest in.
"I have really high interest in USC," said Stills. "I just like they way their program is run and the tradition they have. You can just get excited to play football when you're there and get really excited being on the campus with everything going on. My situation with USC is I just want to make sure they need me, not just want me. If I can be assured I'll have an opportunity to compete for the third or fourth wide receiver spot as a true freshman, that's all I need to know."
At one point not long ago, even after Stills was offered, he hadn't heard much from USC and questioned the Trojans interest. We asked Still if that has changed since we last spoke.
It's changed a lot," said Stills. "I talked to Coach (John) Morton (wide receivers) three times in two days last week. USC is definitely showing a lot interest."
Stills, who has offers from other top schools like UCLA, LSU, Florida, Penn State, Michigan, Stanford, California, Arizona, Washington, Colorado, Boise State and San Diego State, claims he doesn‘t have a top school and will figure out which schools he'll officially visit as he approaches the start of his senior season.
Although he doesn't have any visit dates set, Stills said he's pretty certain he'll visit Oklahoma when the Sooner's play Tulsa on Sept. 19, Penn State when they face the Buckeyes on Nov. 7 and Florida (no date). The other visits could be to Michigan, LSU, California, Oregon and USC, if he feels it's important to take an official visit to USC, a school he says he can easily visit whenever he wants on his own dime.
"No school really has the lead with me," said Stills when asked if he had a list of schools he had more interest in than others. "I'm not planning on committing to a school until I take my five official visits and maybe pay my own way for a sixth. Then I'll make my decision after that sometime in late November, so I'll have my decision made well in advance of me enrolling in January at the school I commit to.
"I think everyone is pretty equal right now, but I love the tradition factor at SC and I love how things are run up there. I have always wanted to go to USC and Texas, and I might have committed to Texas if they would have offered. That's basically a take or leave it offer from Texas, but I haven't even heard from Texas. With USC, it's a school I've dreamed about playing for, but I just want to make sure it's the best place for me.
As was mentioned above, Stills competed in a passing tournament sponsored by ESPN with numerous elite prospects from southern California, one from Arizona and another from Utah. The southern California squad defeated a team made up of Florida prospects in the finals of the event.
We had guys like Brennan Clay, Dillon Baxter, Pete Thomas, Demtrius Wright, Josh Shaw, Anthony Jefferson, Shaquille Richardson, Chris Martin and Jordan James," said Stills about some of the elite SoCal players on his passing league team in Florida last weekend. "Our team was stacked. We didn't have the No. 1 player at each position, but we were kicking some tail out there, man. It was a great experience and really exciting."
Last season Stills caught 62 balls for 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns a year ago to earn all-section and first team all-state underclass honors. He plays basketball and also runs track with personal bests of 10.5 in the 100m and 22.0 in the 200m.
Stills needs 800 yards receiving this season to break the San Diego County record. Even though La Costa Canyon is breaking in a new sophomore quarterback, Stills shouldn't have a problem breaking that record. He has truly become one of the elite wide receivers in the country.
We'll have more from Stills when he begins finalizing his official visit dates.