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Trio of 4-star recruits highlight West Virginia recruiting class

| Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Aliquippa's Kwantel Raines catches a pass during the Quips' workout on Aug. 11, 2017.
East Allegheny's TJ Banks
East Allegheny's TJ Banks
Bethel Park's James Gmiter
Bethel Park's James Gmiter

West Virginia landed at least 19 recruits on the first day of the early signing period, including a four-star defensive lineman who joined his brother in staying close to home.

Dante Stills of Fairmont Senior High School is the son of former West Virginia linebacker Gary Stills. Another son, Darius Stills, is a freshman defensive lineman for the Mountaineers.

Another four-star player who signed Wednesday is safety Kwantel Raines of Aliquippa. Raines had offers from more than two dozen schools.

Bethel Park three-star defensive lineman James Gmiter and East Allegheny four-star tight end TJ Banks also signed with the Mountaineers.

Most of the recruits are high school players. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said the stability of signing a long-term contract extension a year ago was a key to landing them. He said about half of last year's recruiting class involved junior college transfers.

Holgorsen also said the Mountaineers hope to add more recruits before the next signing period, which starts Feb. 7.

“If you look at the ones that are in, we have a little bit of everything,” he said. “We have a quarterback. We have a kicker. We have D-linemen. We have 'backers. We have corners. We have O-linemen. We have receivers. We have tight ends, and we are still filling slots. With this class of 26 (available scholarships), you need a little bit of everything.”

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