Darius Stills committed to Rutgers after thinking that an offer might not be coming from his childhood favorite. But after the Mountaineers jumped in with a scholarship offer on Monday afternoon, the in-state product had a change of heart. After notifying BlueGoldNews.com that he was decommitting from the Scarlet Knights, it took him just a short time to inform WVU that he was accepting its offer.
In a tweet full of emotion, Stills noted that the lure of WVU was too strong to ignore.
Stills' commitment will do a good deal to reduce the angst felt in some quarters of West Virginia's fan base, which was upset over the loss of some other in-state prospects. Stills, however, reversed that run, and forms a great tandem with Maverick Wolfley, who was WVU's first commitment in the Class of 2017.
Stills is a strong pass rusher who can line up wide and get to the quarterback. He has a nice inside rip move and has the quickness to take advantage of space to get to the quarterback. He also clearly has the strength to get under opposing offensive linemen and create his own space to get into the backfield, and he often gets operating room with a strong initial strike that clears space for a follow-up move. He's only a few pounds away from what would be a good operating weight for a defensive end in the Big 12.
Sills is WVU's second commit of the day, following Georgia offensive lineman Tyler Thurmond. He gives the Mountaineers 13 pledges in this year's class.