July 17, 2013

Slade hoping to visit MSU soon

Defensive end recruiting is a top priority for Michigan State for the class of 2014 and Darius Slade of Montclair High School in New Jersey is one of the top targets on the board for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartan Staff. SpartanMag.com has the latest details on the Garden State standout.

This fall Michigan State will field one of the top defenses in the entire nation and two New Jersey products will be a big part of that, defensive end Shilique Calhoun and defensive tackle James Kitridge. The Spartans would like to add some more New Jersey talent and Slade is at the top of the list. We spoke with Slade about his current status.

"I have 10 offers right now," Slade said. "I am going to visit West Virginia next weekend on July 27th and I am also going to try and get out to Michigan State the weekend of August 2nd to 4th."

As far as his offer list, Slade currently has BCS scholarships from Michigan State, West Virginia, Kansas, Rutgers and Pittsburgh. The Spartans were one of the teams that offered the 6-foot-5, 238-pound Slade during the spring evaluation period and they have kept in frequent contact. We spoke with Slade about his primary contact from the Spartans and his upcoming season.

"Coach Narduzzi and Coach Burton have been keeping in-touch with me," Slade said. "We are working hard. We are underdogs again even though we are the defending State Champs. We will have a bull-eye on us every week, but we just need to handle our business on the field. We have one of the best high school coaching staffs in the nation so we will be ready."

As far as what he is looking for in a college, Slade provided the following details.

"I am looking for a school with great coaching great academics and a great area. A school were I feel at home and fit in."

Slade has indicated that he plans on making a summer decision and for the reason he really wants to see all of the schools showing him a significant amount on interest He told ScarletNation.com the following.

"I'm pretty much still open to every school that's offered so far, but Rutgers is definitely up there, West Virginia is definitely up there and Michigan State is definitely up there. I'm going to take some visits and hopefully come up with a better idea of who is top, who is second and who's third. My plan before was to make a decision before this season. After those visits, it could be anywhere from two to three weeks...I'm not sure, but when I do, I'll pray that it's the best decision."

Slade was a key force for Montclair High School last year on the way to the state championship. On the season he totaled 17.5 sacks and was named 1st Team All-Essex County. He is looking to increase those totals this fall and in the process his team back to the title.

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in contact with Slade in the coming weeks. We will be sure o get his thoughts on the Spartans after he returns from Michigan State.

SpartanMag.com Take: The key is getting Slade on campus to see what the Spartans have to offer. As many know, the facilities are top notch and the staff has a lot of continuity with Coach Dantonio at the helm. Slade has indicated that playing in the Big Ten is something that appeals to him. The fact that Michigan State is one of the top teams in the Big Ten under Mark Dantonio should appeal to a player accustomed to competing for championships.

The Spartans are also taking a close look at Slade's teammate Austin Stevens. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound Stevens could project as a defensive end, defensive tackle or tight end at the next level. If Slade becomes a Spartan, look for Michigan State to closely evaluate Stevens first 3 games this fall and an offer could come shortly afterwards.

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