Four-star defensive lineman Dante Stills has trimmed his list of more than 20 offers down to a top three of Florida, Oklahoma and West Virginia.
“Right now I’m just trying to take it slow,” Stills told GN. “A lot of people right now are releasing a top 10 and all that, but you don’t really need that. You just need a couple schools that you know for sure you want to visit or go to. So, I released my top three because that is going to help me out and help my family out with traveling and all that.”
Stills (6 feet 4, 265 pounds), from Fairmont (W.Va.) High, is among the top-15 defensive tackles nationally and a top-150 overall prospect in the class in 2018.
“I didn’t really think I would be this high in the rankings,” Stills said. “I knew I was going to work for it, and it’s truly a blessing because not a lot of guys get to experience the recruiting process.”
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Florida is one of the three finalists.
“I picked Florida because I have a great relationship with (running backs) Coach (Ja’Juan) Seider,” Stills said. “He coached at West Virginia, so me and him have had a great relationship for I don’t know how long. I also have a good relationship with Coach (Chris) Rumph, the defensive line coach. In July I’m going to go visit Florida.
“I’ve liked Florida since I was little. I used to watch Tim Tebow, and I liked him.”
Oklahoma also made the list for Stills’ top three; does the retirement of Bob Stoops have an impact?
“I didn’t expect it at all because after 18 years you usually keep going,” Stills said. “He’s a great coach and led them to a lot of Big 12 championships and I think he retired in a good way. I talked with Coach (Lincoln) Riley last week and we have a great relationship and he wants me to come down for a visit.
“Coach Stoops retiring doesn’t really affect me because I didn’t get to know him all that much. I’m kind of glad he retired when I didn’t know him because if I would have known him, it would have hurt a little more.”
“Florida and Oklahoma both send defensive linemen to the league, and that is what my main goal is.”
Stills also has home state West Virginia in his top three.
“There is a lot of pressure to go to West Virginia,” Stills said. “I mean, I only live like 15 or 20 minutes away. My dad went there and my brother is there right now.
“My relationship with West Virginia is unbelievable and it’s like family. I can go up there and talk to them anytime I want. So, it’s really hard, and if I do leave it’s going to be tough.”
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