Despite the disappointing three-game, season-ending losing streak it endured in 2017, West Virginia will likely enter the upcoming college football season with high expectations. A healthy Will Grier and loaded receiving corps point to a high-scoring offense, and though the defense struggled at times last season, the Mountaineers welcome back a solid core led by linebacker David Long Jr. and safeties Dravon Askew-Henry, Kenny Robinson and Dylan Tonkery.
However, opportunities exist for newcomers to make an immediate impact. If Dana Holgorsen and his coaching staff can fill the holes left by leading rusher Justin Crawford, wide receiver Ka’Raun White and defenders Kyzir White, Al-Rasheed Benton and Elijah Battle, it could be a very special season in Morgantown. And with that in mind, we take a look at five new West Virginia football players to watch in 2018.
Dante Stills, DE
Stills, a four-star defensive end, is the highest-rated player the Mountaineers signed in 2018, listed No. 124 overall in the 247Sports Composite, seventh among strong-side defensive end prospects, and the No. 1 player from the state of West Virginia. An Under Armour All-American, Stills was recruited by prestigious programs all over the country, and chose to stay home despite interest from Oklahoma, Penn State, Georgia, Florida and others. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, Stills has prototypical size for a pass-rushing defensive end, and also showed enough athleticism to play as a stand-up outside linebacker at times in high school.