Class of 2014 target

Darius Slade

HometownMontclair, NJ
High schoolMontclair

Update: Slade committed to Michigan State.

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Darius Slade, a 6-foot-5, 237-pound three-star prospect, committed to Nebraska on Wednesday, Dec. 11 during a ceremony at his high school in Montclair, N.J.

Slade had 23.5 sacks as a senior for Montclair, which has won back-to-back state titles in New Jersey.

Slade had offers from Michigan State, Penn State, 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.

According to 247Sports, Slade was recruited primarily by defensive coordinator John Papuchis.

With his commitment, Slade becomes the 19th known member of the Huskers recruiting class. In the 2014 class, Slade joins defensive ends Mick Stoltenberg, of Gretna, and junior-college commit Joe Keels, who committed one day prior to Slade's announcement.

Slade is the second New Jersey commit in the past two years (joining 2013 recruit D.J. Singleton of Jersey City). Slade is also the second Montclair High School product to join the Huskers in the past three decades -- future third-round NFL draft pick Jeff Mills committed as a member of the Huskers' 1987 recruiting class.

Here's Slade announcing his decision at his press conference:

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