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.