Published Wednesday, December 11, 2013 AT 9:37 AM / Updated at 9:51 AM
Recruiting: New Jersey DE Darius Slade commits to Nebraska
Sam McKewon Omaha World-Herald

Michigan State may have won the Big Ten title. But Wednesday, Nebraska won a key recruiting battle over the Spartans and Penn State when Montclair, N.J. defensive end Darius Slade committed to the Huskers during a ceremony at his high school. Here’s tweets from Scout’s national analyst, Brian Dohn.

A 6-foot-5, 237-pound three-star prospect, Slade had 23.5 sacks as a senior. Montclair has won back-to-back state titles in New Jersey.

Here are highlights from his senior season.

Slade had offers from MSU, PSU, Rutgers, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, among others. He visited for Nebraska’s 38-17 loss to Iowa and gave high marks for the experience. One of Slade’s teammates, Austin Stevens, has been committed to Kansas.

Slade is another long, lanky end that replaces what the Huskers lost when 2013 commit Ernest Suttles was booted from the team and 2013 commit Dimarya Mixon failed to academically qualify. Mixon resurfaced at Tennessee; Suttles at Memphis.


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