David Sills will forever be remembered as the quarterback who committed to Lane Kiffin and USC while he was just a 7th grader. A lot has gone down since then but through it all, Sills said his faith and his perseverance led him to West Virginia.
"It feels great to have this over and behind me now," Sills said. "I feel relieved and excited to have this decision made and now I can focus on my team and having a great senior year. We have a pretty tough schedule but I'm looking forward to it and I'm excited to start recruiting other players to WVU as well.
"Along the way, I think God closed some doors and opened a few others but all along, I feel like he had West Virginia in mind for me from the beginning. I have no regrets about anything, the early commitment to USC or how things ended up. I think God shaped me as a person on and off the field and for that reason, I wouldn't have changed anything about how the process played out."
Sills visited the Mountaineers multiple times including Wednesday when he made his commitment to Coach Holgorsen in person.
"I've actually been thinking about committing to them for awhile now," Sills said. "I really blended well with the coaching staff, Coach Holgorson and Coach Dawson, the OC. They were always up front, honest and straight forward with me and I appreciated that. Coach Holgorson told me next year, the job is up for grabs and it's going to be a competition.
"I'm planning to be an early graduate so I'll be there in spring ball with the chance to win the job and I'm excited about that opportunity. I like the Big 12, it's a tough league with Texas and the Oklahoma schools. WVU plays a pretty tough non-league schedule over the coming years with multiple game on national T.V. I love the offense, they have a lot of good skill players and are recruiting very well too. I'm comfortable there, it's a cool place and I just feel like it's a perfect fit."
Sills said another factor is his close friendship with WVU freshman receiver Daikiel Shorts.
"We played together in high school and he's a great player," Sills said. "He broke some freshman records last year and should have another big year this season. I didn't commit because of him but it's another cool reason to go there.
"We've gotten to be real close over the last year and I felt like that was another way of God leading me to West Virginia. Other schools would pop up from time to time, Maryland, North Carolina and a few others but for different reasons, it just seemed like God would close that door and steer me back to West Virginia.
"Location didn't really play a role for me, I would have gone wherever but it is a nice, added bonus that I'm close to home and can go home if I never need to. I really couldn't find a single negative with West Virginia, it was all positives. I'm excited for the next step in this journey and like I said, I'm ready to put my recruiting hat on and get some other players to come and join me."