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Visits coming for Dante Stills
The recruiting process is winding down for one of the nation’s top defensive tackles.
Dante Stills, a 4-star recruit from Fairmont, W.Va., plans to decide in late August. Florida is one of three finalists for Stills along with Oklahoma and West Virginia.
Gators running back coach Ja’Juan Seider is Stills’ primary recruiter and he also speaks with Gators defensive line coach Chris Rumph.
“I have great relationships with Coach Seider and Coach Rumph,” Stills said. “I like them a lot. That’s why Florida is one of my top schools. I just have to go down there and visit. Then it’ll go from there.”
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman plans to check out Florida later this month, potentially for Friday Nights Lights (July 21), if his schedule permits. It will be his first trip to Gainesville.
“First, the academics. That’s a big thing with my family. I want to study in business,” Stills said. “Another thing is playing time. Some schools have talked about me redshirting, but Coach Rumph told me I’ll get the opportunity in practice before that decision is made.”
Stills is ranked as the nation’s No. 13 defensive tackle and No. 143 overall prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. As a lifelong Mountaineers fan, Stills admits that proximity to home will factor into his decision.
“No, but yes at the same time,” Stills said. “If I do go far away, I won’t be able to come back for holidays like Thanksgiving and family events. But I have to handle my business and do what’s best for my future.
“My family is with me no matter what, but we’re all hometown West Virginia fans. I grew up in West Virginia, so if I do leave home, it’s probably going to be one of the hardest decisions of my life.”
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