MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia defensive lineman Darius Stills is sticking around for his senior year.

Stills, an all-Big 12 player who finished second in the league with seven sacks, announced late Friday afternoon that he will forgo this year’s NFL Draft. Stills had previously submitted his name to the NFL’s College Advisory Committee, which provides feedback to prospective underclassmen who are thinking of entering the draft pool.

“These past 3 years having the opportunity to live out my childhood dreams of playing football and being able to showcase my talents for West Virginia University holds a special place in my heart & I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” Stills wrote on social media. “…After talking with God and my family, I have decided to forgo the 2020 NFL Draft and return for my senior season.

“I am excited for what the 2020 season has in store for Coach Neal Brown & the team. Let’s get to work! Trust the climb!”

Stills and his brother Dante, who tied him with seven sacks, are poised to give West Virginia one of the Big 12’s top defensive lines next season.

The Fairmont natives are sons of former WVU standout Gary Stills, who played in the NFL for 10 seasons.