Darius Slade is No. 23

By Jeremy Birmingham on February 5, 2014 at 1:46p
Darius Slade is Ohio State's 23rd commit of the 2014 class.

Welp, apparently Ohio State wasn't done. Montclair, New Jersey defensive end Darius Slade has signed with Ohio State today, according to his head coach, John Fiore. Ohio State wouldn't confirm the signing just yet, but it appears it's a matter of "when" and not "if."

"It will happen today," a source close to the program told Eleven Warriors. "It's a matter of logistics."

Slade however, confirmed his commitment to 11W via Facebook. (Full Commitment Story Here.)

"Yes, I signed with Ohio State," he said. Signing without visiting is rare, but Slade still expects to visit Columbus officially next weekend. 

Slade, committed to Nebraska initially before switching to Michigan State just about a month ago, surprised many this morning when it was announced that he'd not be signing with the Spartans, electing to wait and schedule an official visit to Ohio State. Apparently this afternoon the Spartans issued an ultimatum to Slade, suggesting he needed to sign with MSU or find another option, and he has found another option, Ohio State.

The Darius Slade File

  • Size: 6-5/238
  • Pos: DE
  • School: Montclair (Montclair, N.J.)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★
  • Composite Rank: 30 (SSDE)

The Buckeyes gain their second pure defensive end in the class with a 6-foot-5, 238 pound edge rusher that set New Jersey records in his senior year with 23 quarterback sacks. Slade's cousin, former Penn State defensive lineman Jared Odrick, played for new Buckeye defensive line coach Larry Johnson, Sr., and it was that relationship which turned Slade's interest from the Buckeyes into something to look closely at.

"That was all Larry Johnson," one Buckeye source said. 

Eleven Warriors will have more on this signing as it becomes available. Welcome to the "Dream '14," Darius Slade.



gumtape's picture

Welcome to the next generation of Buckeye legends...

High and tight boo boo

Borrowed Time's picture

Welcome, Darius! Urban's always full of surprises on NSD

andyb's picture

sweet!! welcome aboard!!

edr4225's picture


lets go bucks!!

Seattle Linga's picture


OSUEXT's picture

Wow. That was fast. Urban Meyer and LJ Sr. are a helluva team. 

andyb's picture

Question for Birm,
Has he even set foot on campus in his life? 

JakeBuckeye's picture

I had never set foot on campus in my life until I started school here this January. Some don't need that to know that this is the place they want to be.

andyb's picture

Not saying that he needed to...just a question.

Mute's picture

well hello there

BuckGnome's picture

Ahh, nothing like a bonus Gray Box to top off LOI day!

osubuckeye4life's picture

Wow that was quick! 
Welcome to tOSU Mr. Slade!

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BammBammRiley's picture

Good thing after typing so many letter O's, your finger didn't accidentally bypass the letter M.

Talk about receiving those things that we don't talk about ;^)

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BassDropper's picture

Best class in Ohio State history? (on paper)


villagebuckeye's picture

That honor would go to the "super sophs" that won the title in 68

DMcDougal24's picture

Awesome! I know he was LJ's guy. Does he project as a WSDE like Holmes or would he bulk up and move to SSDE?

BammBammRiley's picture

That was escalation of the swiftly quick variety

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

AWESOME - Welcome to the Buckeye Nation!!!

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BammBammRiley's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation!!!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Apparently this afternoon the Spartans issued an ultimatum to Slade, suggesting he needed to sign with MSU or find another option, and he has found another option, Ohio State.
Best line of the article - MSU is so pissed I think I just heard Dantonio screaming and I am over 2,000 miles away

teddyballgame's picture

These games with Sparty the next few years are going to be pretty good I think. 
They took McDowell...we retained Jamarco...they overplayed their hand w/ Slade so we scooped him up.  Can't wait!

Seattle Linga's picture

Right on spot TBG - it sure will be fun to watch. Sparty has some weapons and now that we have the right coaches in place, this new crop of kids will eliminate the defensive liability we had last year. So flippin excited. 

Buckifan4Life's picture

I love it! Take that Sparty. :)

cinserious's picture

Agreed! Darius Slade has an ass-kickin' quarterback sackin' ring to it!

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

BuckeyeinToledo's picture

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

DJRivera24's picture

Welcome to the class! We can tip our cap to Larry Johnson for this one, correct?


Whoa Nellie's picture

Have to wonder about a few apparent missteps by the MSU coaches.  Comments made in front of Malik McDowell's parents, this ultimatum to Slade.  Granted, only the latter seems to have bitten them in the butt, still D'Antonio can't be happy about it.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

KevinJ's picture

Sparty - Slade you either sign today or you're not welcome here!
The Spatchelor - Time for the flip!
Slade - Up yours Sparty, I'm signing with The Ohio State University!
Buckeye Nation


Buckeye Scottie's picture

What was the story with Slade?  I try to keep up with recruiting (at least a little bit here on 11W), but what happened with MSU?  The ultimatum makes it sound like it wasn't like their spots filled up and told him they didn't have room.
I just don't remember hearing his name much before the last few days.

pcuzz1's picture

BOOOMMM! know your place, Dantonio!

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RedStorm45's picture

And now we're over-signed.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I caution you not to bring this up. I did last year and some of the responses weren't pretty. For a lot of people on here, Urban is a moral god who's every action and decision is unquestionable.

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

The numbers will work themselves out, they always do. 

Brandon26841's picture

It is what it is. They're 2 over at the moment, so 2 current Buckeyes aren't going to be with the team next season. There are usually at least 2-3 transfers every off-season so yes... it'll be worked out. It happens nearly every year.

RedStorm45's picture

Only 1 over. And I brought it up because this very scenario was allegedly why we delayed on accepting Johnny Townsend or asking him to sign as preferred walk-on.

Brandon26841's picture

They're at 84 right now. I thought 82 was the number?

RedStorm45's picture

Correct. I missed Brady Taylor in my count. 84. Point still remains that this exact scenario was allegedly why we told Townsend to wait, according to "insiders" last year.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm not saying they won't, nor am I saying we're on SEC level here, but to me its unethical to sign over the amount we're allowed with the assumption that "the numbers will work themselves out." What if they don't? Then Ohio State is just as guilty as anybody else. Sign the amount you're allowed. If natural attrition occurs, give the scholly to a deserving walk-on or put it in the bank for future years. With all due respect, Jeremy, that sentence you typed sounds eerily like what a Bama fan would say if confronted today about their oversigned class.

Brandon26841's picture

I totally agree with you, by the way. What if no one wants to leave the program? Well, they're going to have to whether they like it or not and that's a shame. Every school does this, and Ohio State is no different. They just don't do it to the excessive nature that an SEC school does every year, but yeah... I'd say there are several times where kids are convinced to leave ("It just isn't going to happen here, son... you'll get more playing time elsewhere"). 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Trust me when I say this: there's always someone who wants to leave.

Nick's picture

Your assuming the coaches don't already know some players are leaving. Anyone that leaves though is going to finish this semester of school. 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Correct, and I am aware of a few of these situations already. Trust me, the numbers will work out.

RedStorm45's picture

My whole point is there were situations last year that weren't official yet. But we told Townsend to wait or go the preferred walk-on route (allegedly).  So either all of the bloggers/insiders were wrong or policy changed within one year.

ATLBuckeye09's picture

I have said since pretty early in the season Dunn would be one of the transfers this year. Fron what I heard he refused to play special teams this past season and that did not please Urbz. Is this correct Jeremy? If so I would imagine he is not in a good spot with Urbz.

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Crimson's picture

Listen, when Birm says "things will work themselves out," he means that Urban already knows where the numbers are coming from, but Birm's not about to tell you who is leaving (and knows one or more of them).  It's not oversigning; they just have to report where the extra scholarships are coming from to the B1G (if it's by too many?).

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Deadly Nuts's picture

Doesn't the over-signing rule say that you are allowed to over-sign by three?


tennbuckeye19's picture

that gif is so full of win.

ColoradoBuck's picture

Jamarco wants to visit Sparty, we say okay, wait it out, and it works out. Sparty commit Slade wants to visit Ohio State and they immediately pull his offer? Not sure where Dantonio is going with this one, but hey, his loss is our gain.

Seattle Linga's picture

MSU just got what they deserved - Marky Mark D'antonio is pissed

Silver Bullet 10's picture

Pumped! Better than McDowell IMO. I was bummed when he committed to MSU so soon. Absolutely incredible to have him. Wow.

buckeyedude's picture

I was bummed too, but it's better to have a kid that wants to be there, rather than a kid that's there because his parents told him to be there.



osuxrow07's picture

Glad we can add another stud to our list today, but definitely interested in finding out more details about this recruitment. The whole thing just seems odd.
Regardless, welcome Darius! 

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mobboss1984's picture

That Larry Johnson guy is pretty good at this recruiting stuff. Larry Johnson is a legend.Take notes everyone, Larry Johnson IS A LEGEND. Of course UFM is what we call the best closer of all time. 

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tussey's picture

well this was a nice surprise!  The mystery flip/commit has now been revealed!

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

Recent recruiting stories have made the MSU coaching staff seem like a bunch of jerks. Maybe a sense of entitlement after 1 good (and quite surprising) season, perhaps?
I'm looking forward to restoring order to the B1G and returning MSU to their rightful place as "runner-up hopeful".

Whoa Nellie's picture

Think you might be right about the MSU staff.  Recruits and their families must hate the feeling manipulated.  Suspect these are the kind of recruiting gaffes that become legendary.  The gaffe that keeps on gaffing, as it were.
D'Antonio's guys must be walking around with holes in their pockets.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

rock flag and eagle's picture

You're right.  Recruits definitely don't like when coaches play hardball and put ultimatums in front of them.  They probably wish every door would remain open for them until they were comfortable with their own decision.  Coaches pressure recruits all the time and I think your use of "manipulated" is very fitting.   I recall feeling uncomfortable when Meyer played that game with Bri'onte Dunn and told him (re: Michigan) “You are not going to visit there, and if you do, you better like it because that’s where you’re going to go."

DefendOhio's picture

"Larry Legend" strikes again!

BassDropper's picture

He has the name of a superstar


cinserious's picture

Maybe when his playing days are over he becomes a future intergalactic bounty-killer: SladeRunner.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

BoFuquel's picture

Welcome aboard Darius,and good luck. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

DJ Byrnes's picture

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Mush's picture

Now this my friend is epic !!

teddyballgame's picture

Sounds like Sparty overplayed their hand on this one.  Larry Johnson thinks this kid is the right kind of material for him to develop so I'm happy with it.
I watched his highlights and he seems to have good instincts...a knack for finding the ball.  I might even remember reading that he set a record for tackles in HS.
Welcome Darius! 

mshaf's picture

ESPN will now drop our class to # 10

Dillon G's picture

That is a pretty good east coast/midwest offer sheet he has.

BuckeyeJ's picture

Nice pick up!!!! Has tremendous upside and has LJ to coach him! Boooommmm!!!

bdegroff's picture

I think he's a sleeper recruit! Has a great first step off the line. Great motor! Seems to have decent instincts as he was smart enough to realize the O-line wasn't blocking him and read screen. Pad level gets high, however Coach J will fix that. Like this pick up by the bucks!

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Buck Commander's picture

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DE Darius Slade tells me his letter of intent is "on its way" to Ohio State. He said he will send it to the buckeyes soon.
2:06 PM - 5 Feb 2014
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GOOMBAY's picture

Sparty getting a little too big for their britches?

Flyermike's picture

This is exactly why I don't too hyped up about recruiting rankings.  This kid is 6'5" 238 as senior in high school with one long wingspan.  With a great work ethic and superb coaching (wink, wink. Larry Johnson) this kid has all the potential in the world.

mshaf's picture

Do you think coach Johnson is looking at what he has to work with and thinking " I love my job "

Seattle Linga's picture

Dead on Mshaf - he's been licking his chops since he's arrived, this is icing on the cake!

DannyBeane's picture

Its almost like having a cheat code.

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Nick's picture

I think he said something very similar after being hired and meeting the d linemen

Nashville Buckeye's picture

Awesome!  Sounds like he was looking to stand-out and not be in Malik's shadow!  He will certainly be a standout here at OSU.  He's already a pretty big guy.  Think of how much bigger, faster, and stronger he will be after just a year of Mariotti's program!
Plus, he comes without all the drama!  Excited about this one!
Go Bucks!

Danify's picture

Excellent ... Coming to Big Ten QBs near you. Welcome to Buckeye Nation Slade...

+1 HS
The Butler's picture

I've trained Canaries in the sport of falconry.


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Crimson's picture

Where on earth did this come from?  Sparty gonna Spart.
Every commit gets the cameramen gif!

+1 HS
MN Buckeye's picture

And I thought there would be no surprises today! Welcome, Mr. Slade.

BGBOY's picture

Any relation to Evil Roy?

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Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

15 sacks his junior year.  22 sacks his senior year.  This kid is only a 3* guy.  I know another guy who is a stud for OSU who came in as a 3*.  His name is Jamal Marcus.  I think Slade is going to be a diamond in the rough for this class.  

JOhio1560's picture

Nice!  I stepped away for a couple hours because I thought the action was done.  I guess not.  Glad we pulled a guy away from Sparty, but I'm not sold on his commitment. Ohio State is the third school he has been committed to.  I know he signed his NLOI, but I'm still not sure how committed he is to play here.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

I think he's committed to playing for Coach Johnson, and that's good enough, IMO.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

JOhio1560's picture

Your probably right and I'm probably just being pessimistic.  I just want to know that his heart is in it.

"You Win With People" - Woody Hayes

BorderBuckeye's picture

I have a feeling that he is going to be very committed. Have you seen his video? He is coming in underrated, is already an aggressive sack machine, and will soon be working out at the Woody and be in top shape. Then coached by one of the best defensive line coaches in CFB.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Darius 'sack machine' Slade has a nice ring to it....

Seattle Linga's picture

His motor never ends - looking forward to when he sees the field

BorderBuckeye's picture

Slade the Spade. Always burying the other team's offense behind the line of scrimmage.

BuckFly's picture

You wanna know how to get Sparty? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of your recruits to East Lansing, you send one of his to Columbus. *That's* the *Buckeye* way! And that's how you get Sparty.

DLJad's picture

Me thinks Buckfly should be a columnist for 11W.

DLJad's picture

And, let me know WHEN it is not an upset for Sparty to best tOSU  in football!

pabdublin78's picture

Welcome Darius!   Nothing finer than a Grey Box on signing day!  

BorderBuckeye's picture

After watching Slade's highlight reel, I have to say that I am SO looking forward to him hunting down Jim Bollman's offensive playmakers!!!! Hope he instills fear into their thoughts and they forget what the walrus told them to do. He is an animal!!!

BorderBuckeye's picture

I still like Dantonio. But I sure hope he ends up regretting this one big time.

BuckeyeStrong1993's picture

Welcome to BuckeyeNation Darius. I wonder how the MSU fans and coaches are reacting to this.


Whosisbrew's picture

I know somebody posted a photo of Deathstroke already, but I was set on doing it, so here it is. Welcome to the family, Slade.

KingsRite's picture

Mr. Slade is a BAD BAD Man! We are going to have a relentless pass rush and I can't wait!

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BuckeyeGuy1973's picture

OSU 2, Sparty 0 ... Top 2 ... RBI's by Jamarco Jones and Dyrius Slade ...

skid21's picture

I really like this commit. I think he has a chance to be our next 3* who turns into a star. I especially like the butthurt from Sparty fans who think they are now among the elite football programs after one significant win over OSU in the last decade.

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