Slade enjoys visit to Nebraska

Nebraska got a chance to host Darius Slade from Montclair (N.J.) this weekend. The 6-foot-4 and 230-pound defensive end came into the weekend with Michigan State as his leader. Who is his leader now?

Darius Slade from Montclair (N.J.) was supposed to get two full days in Lincoln and only got about a day and a half. The 6-foot-4 and 230-pound Slade said he missed a connecting flight getting to Nebraska.

"We just landed and I literally just sat down again," Slade said. "I didn't get to Lincoln until 2:00 in the afternoon on Friday. I really didn't get to see the game at all.

"This was my first time flying and I didn't connect right through Houston. I had about 10-15 minutes to catch my connecting flight and when I got there they were closing the doors."

It's never a good thing when a Nebraska official visitor misses a Sea of Red in Memorial stadium, but the fans outside the stadium still made an impression on Slade. He also said that seeing the inside of the stadium was impressive enough itself.

"I did get a chance to see the stadium when I got there and I saw all of the fans outside of the stadium after the game. I got a sense of what the gameday atmosphere was like outside the stadium and their stadium is huge."

After Slade got into the facilities he was able to take the tour, meet some coaches and some support staff. He was able to hang out with some recruits and players that night and just go out and have some fun.

"I was able to take a tour on Friday after the game and saw all of the facilities. I also spoke with the academic advisers and support staff. I talked to some of the coaches that day and went out that night with some of the other recruits, commits and some players too."

On Saturday Slade finally got a chance to sit down with the head coach. He also had a sit down with a couple of key defensive coaches for Nebraska and got a chance to hear how Nebraska would use him in their defense.

"I met with Coach Bo Pelini today and I also spoke with Coach Rick Kaczenski and Coach John Papuchis. They told me that they like how I play, they like my frame and the weight that I could add to it. They said that I could make their team better."

Slade admits that he didn't have very high expectations for the Nebraska visit and he was blown away by what the Huskers had to offer. He went on to say that the facilities that Nebraska have are the best that he's ever seen.

"Going into the Nebraska visit I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I would give the visit either a "9" or a "10". They have the best facilities that I have seen. The players get great support from their fans, their coaches and other staff related to the program."

When pressed, Slade said that he couldn't give a team that is standing out in front of the others right now. It's clear that there are three jockeying for position and that the in-home visits are going to be critical to his decision.

"I can't say really who is leading. Michigan State, Penn State and Nebraska are all very high on my list. I am going to focus this week on my state championship game next weekend and should have a decision soon.

"I had to travel to Nebraska by myself and I want to give the Nebraska coaches an opportunity to meet my parents and for my parents to really get a feel for the Nebraska staff. I would like to make a decision before Christmas."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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