Stills Uses National Camp As Chance To Improve
By Kevin Kinder
Many football players would be happy to simply earn a spot at The Opening, which is one of the most prestigious summer camps in the nation. Conducted by Nike, the multi-week event begins with regional camps and culminates in some 160 players from across the nation being invited to The Opening Finals at the athletics giant’s home in Oregon.
For WVU recruiting prospect Dante Stills, though, acing his audition at an opening regional site wasn’t the end of the process. He earned defensive MVP honors in Charlotte, which made him an easy choice for a trip to the big camp.
“The competition was amazing, and it made me a better defensive lineman,” Stills said after his return. “I had to do a lot to get around them.”
One-on-ones were a staple of the event, and Stills used the chance to work on his moves and techniques. While he didn’t single out one particular item that he learned about or employed, it was clear that his approach to the whole event mirrors his approach to the game. That’s a trait that all of his finalists — West Virginia, Oklahoma and Florida — are hoping that he will bring to their campus.
A frequent visitor to WVU, Stills will visit his OU and Florida this month. He plans to announce his decision in August, prior to his senior high school season. One of his goals there is to earn the state title that narrowly eluded the Polar Bears last year.