One of the most dominant defensive players in the Big 12 Conference is taking his talents to the NFL. On Saturday, West Virginia Mountaineers defensive lineman Darius Stills announced he was not going to take the extra year of eligibility and would instead head to the NFL Draft.
“Even though the NCAA has granted everyone a free year of eligibility, I would like to announce that I will not be taking that extra year of eligibility and declare for the 2021 NFL Draft,” Stills said. “I will be finishing my career here at West Virginia with the bowl game.”
Stills announced the news on Twitter.
Stills came into the 2020 season with high expectations, when he was named a Preseason First-Team All-Big 12 selection by Heartland College Sports and the league named him the Big 12’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. He recorded 22 total tackles with 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in nine games played.
Also this season, he was named the National Player of the Week after he logged 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in the double overtime win vs. Baylor.
It was nearly four years ago that Stills joined the Mountaineers. We interviewed him as a high school senior when he was a three-star prospect coming out of Fairmont, WV (15 minutes down the road from Morgantown). He was originally committed to Rutgers, before switching his commitment.
His brother, Dante, was year behind him and also committed to West Virginia. The Mountaineers finished the season 5-4 overall and 4-4 in the Big 12, finishing with one of the top defenses in the conference.
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