Slade's father, Joseph, told Inside the Auburn Tigers that his son picked Auburn over Mississippi State and others.
"He was mainly just interested in SEC schools," Slade says. "He was hearing a lot from Georgia, but decided he really likes Auburn and that is where he is going to play. His mother (Nikki) and I are excited about his decision."
Slade is in Orlando this weekend playing AAU basketball. He is also a standout in that sport for Moody High, but his focus is on football.
Slade is 6-6, 316 pounds and has grown four inches in a little more than a year.
Slade averaged 20 points per game as a junior in hoops after having a growth spurt that took him from six-foot-two to six-foot-six. He notes that he thinks he is still growing. He has been a hoops starter for Moody since his ninth grade year.
Chad Slade runs the 40-yard dash at football camp.
In football, where he has been a starter since his sophomore season, he notes that he will play left tackle on offense and end on defense as a senior. "I like offense better because I like to push people around and be mean and nasty with them instead of them pushing me around," he says.
Slade bench presses 335, squats 525 pounds and power cleans 275.
His numbers in the classroom are solid, too, with a 3.0 grade point average.
Slade is the cousin of former Auburn star running back Stacy Danley. He notes that finding a "family" style atmosphere in college is a high priority.