National Signing Day is supposed to be the most excited day in a young college football player’s career. It’s the day that you choose which school you want to play your college career at for the next few years. However, for three-star DE Darius Slade, it was probably more stressful than anything.
Slade is a very underrated three-star defensive end from New Jersey who possesses size and speed to contend for a starting job at the next level. He has the build of a prototypical elite college defensive end.
At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Slade could add a few extra pounds, but he is solid muscle right now and would have been a great addition to one of the best defenses in the nation — the Michigan State Spartans.
Why did I say the word would? According to reports, the Michigan State commit has flipped his commitment from the Spartans to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Update: Darius Slade reportedly flips on Michigan State, commits to Ohio State http://t.co/yKcHWfMb5m
— MLive (@MLive) February 5, 2014
While he flipped his decision once before from the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the Spartans and now to the Buckeyes, Slade has ultimately made the best overall decision for his playing career. The highly-touted three-star DE was expected to be a silent jewel in the Spartans’ 2014 class, but five-star DE Malik McDowell from Southfield, Mich., committed to the Spartans on Wednesday morning.
This left Slade on the outside looking in. He decided that he was going to visit Ohio State before signing a letter of intent, but news broke that he suddenly committed to the Buckeyes.
Slade will get more of a chance to play since the Spartans have loaded the defensive line talent into the 2014 class and he would have struggled for playing time.
The Spartans will gladly take McDowell in lieu of Slade.
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