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Florida has yet to land its defensive tackle for this class and one name will likely come off the board this week.

Dante Stills, a 4-star DT from Fairmont, W.V., is scheduled to announce his decision Thursday and appears bound for in-state West Virginia. Florida and Oklahoma are his other finalists, but he did not visit either program last month as originally planned.

He made a July 22 visit to WVU, a campus located 15 minutes away from his house. The Stills family has always been diehard Mountaineers.

His father is former NFL linebacker Gary Stills, a 2003 Pro Bowl selection who played at West Virginia in the late 1990s. He ranks third in school history with 26 career sacks.

Stills’ father was college teammates with Gators assistant coach Ja’Juan Seider and the two WVU alums remain friends. Florida hoped that connection could potentially help the Gators pull off a recruiting upset, but Stills admitted to SEC Country that distance could 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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