MSU Commit Darius Slade Will Reportedly Not Sign Yet, Expected to Visit OSU

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIFebruary 5, 2014

The 3-star defensive end Darius Slay offered a curveball on signing day by decing not to sign with the Spartans. Instead, he will visit another Big Ten school named Ohio State next weekend, per ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.

Slade was never thought to be a home run from the get-go. He entertained a visit from Ohio State on Jan. 16, which was the same day he decommitted from Nebraska.

Update (2:09 E.T.)

Slade's letter is en route to Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes, per ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.

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Update (1:53 E.T.):

It seems that Slade has found his home, per 247 Sports' Steve Wiltfong.

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Update (12:52 E.T.):

The Lincoln Journal Star's Brian Christopherson tweeted that Michigan State will no longer pursue Slade.

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What does this mean for Michigan State? Well, the Spartans would have liked to get a commitment from the defensive end, But Sparty scored big with 5-star defensive end Malik McDowell presents.

The Spartans needed McDowell to have a chance for a Top 25 finish, and though Michigan State missed out on a versatile defensive end, the Spartans nailed the commitment they had to have in McDowell.

If Slade does choose Ohio State, the Spartans will be missing out on a prospect that has adequate lateral mobility at the defensive end position.

Like most high school athletes making the jump to the next level, he will need some polish and coaching up on his pad level. However, when he squares his hips and gets his pads low, he displays a mix of speed and power that translated into big plays in the backfield in high school.

After all, we're talking about a player who recorded 23.5 sacks last season.

He'll likely do the same at the next level with quality coaching—coaching I'm sure Mark Dantonio wishes he was providing. 

McDowell's commit alone may have made this Michigan State recruiting class, but don't think for a second Dantonio wouldn't welcome Slade with open arms, realizing the boost he would give his program.