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Three-star Mich. St. commit wants to visit Ohio State before signing

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As it turns out, Malik McDowell is far from Michigan State’s lone defensive line worry on National Signing Day.

Montclair (NJ) defensive end Darius Slade, the Newark Star-Ledger confirmed through the player’s high school coach, has decided against signing (for now) with Michigan State after verbally committing to the Spartans last month.  Instead, Slade will take a visit to Ohio State Feb. 15 before making a final decision on his collegiate future.

The defensive lineman was originally a Nebraska commitment before flipping to Michigan State.  New OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson and Slade reportedly have a very solid relationship, a relationship that was built during the coach’s time at Penn State.

The Buckeyes are holding back a scholarship in anticipation of signing Slade.

Slade is a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, rated as the No. 19 player in the state of New Jersey at any position.

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6 Responses to “Three-star Mich. St. commit wants to visit Ohio State before signing”
  1. skinsfolife says: Feb 5, 2014 8:23 AM

    Look at Urban. Flexing his moral-less muscles. I wonder how much OSU will pay this recruit?

  2. 10kmp says: Feb 5, 2014 8:44 AM

    @skinsfolife

    Ohio State, despite your educated and well informed opinion, doesn’t “pay” for recruits. Their storied tradition, being a top 5 all time winning program and sending players to the NFL does the recruiting… whether Urban Meyer is head coach or it’s Jim Tressel (or John Cooper or Woody Hayes or Paul Brown). In addition, Ohio State currently has the consensus number 2 class in the country, so a 3* kid and former Nebraska/MSU commit isn’t nearly as big a deal to OSU as he is to MSU… a program that sits somewhere in the 25 to 35 range, depending on which recruiting service you’re following.

    Don’t be a jealous hater. It’s ugly…

  3. jrs45 says: Feb 5, 2014 9:25 AM

    10kmp,

    Round of applause!

  4. butlers91 says: Feb 5, 2014 10:27 AM

    Oh well, so much for that…

    The five-star lineman from Southfield announced his decision Wednesday morning at his high school. In doing so he rejected overtures from his other three finalists — Michigan, Florida State and Ohio State.

    From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com#ixzz2sSgtuh00

  5. polegojim says: Feb 5, 2014 10:54 AM

    What worries me about Slade is… the fickleness.

    How long has he had to figure this out… then flipping from one to another… and now on SIGNING DAY???

    Make a decision and move on young man.

  6. skinsfolife says: Feb 5, 2014 4:24 PM

    I forget…. Who was the university who had players trading swag for tattoos??? Who was the football coach who swept questionable behavior by a tight end suspected of murder under the rug??? But OSU is squeaky clean. Puhlease.

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