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DE Dante Stills, a Scout 300 player in 2018, recaps Penn State visit; Talks ACC, SEC, Big 12

Fairmont (W. Va.) High class of 2018 defensive end discusses Penn State visit and what trips he would like to make in the future.

Dante Stills is a class of a 2018 Scout 300 defensive end with double digit scholarship offers, has a brother committed to West Virginia, and his father played for the Mountaineers.

However, the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder from Fairmont (W. Va.) High is interested in exploring all options, and Saturday he visited Penn State. He is trying to arrange a trip to Virginia Tech and he has a number of schools he wants to visit.

"I really want to visit LSU once, or two times," Stills said. "I want to see how it is with the atmosphere and stuff like that. I want to visit Georgia. I want to visit Virginia. I want to visitMaryland.

"I talk to Vanderbilt a lot. I talk to Virginia Tech a lot. I talk to Penn State somewhat. I talk to West Virignia somewhat. I talk to LSU once every two weeks or so. Louisville has hit me up a little bit."


Saturday's trip allowed Stills to see a game at Beaver Stadium, and it made a huge impact.

"It was incredible. I've never seen anything like it," he said. "It was incredible and I had a great time. I talked to coach (James) Franklin and he was really happy I was there. The atmosphere (stood out).The student section and how the fans cheer the team on is amazing. It felt great."

Stills holds a Penn State offer, so getting him on campus for the game-day experience was important.

"I talked to him before the game, and I went on the field after the game and talked to him, too," Stills said. "He was really happy to see me there and he was happy I came to a game."

Another staff pushing to get Stills on campus is Virginia Tech. His recruiter is Hokies assistant Brian Mitchell, who used to be an assistant at West Virginia.

"I'll probably go to a Virginia Tech game because they really want me to go, but I don't have a lot of trips planned," Stills said. "The defensive line coach (Charley Wiles) and the head coach (Justin Fuente) have been DM'ing me on Twitter. I want to make it to one of their games because they are really showing me love.

"I know a little bit about them but I am looking to learn a lot more about them as I go through the process."

Stills' contact with Louisville is new, and the Cardinals are now a hot program for many prospects. Although he was at the Penn State game, he was keeping tabs on Louisville's thrashing of Florida State.

"(Quarterback) Lamar Jackson just took over the game," Stills said. "I think he's one of the best three quarterbacks in college football right now."

Vanderbilt is another school Stills wants to learn a lot more about.

"Honeslty, I really don't know a lot but Nashville is about 10 or 11 hours away from me," he said. "They're in the SEC, and that's one of the best conferences in the nation, so that is good."

The school Stills knows the most about?

Easily West Virginia.

"It's the home state. It's 15 minutes, 30 minutes up the road," Stills said. "I was born around it. My dad played there. My brother (Darius Stills) is committed there and it's kind of a family thing.

"My dad tells me it's a great place and it's really close to home. He said it's a powerhouse school, Division I, the atmosphere is great and he said to take the process slow. He said go wherever you want."

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