Slade: "I feel like I'm coming home now"

Montclair (N.J.) defensive end commits to Michigan State for relationships built with players, coaches and other commits. He talks about his decision to decommit from Nebraska and join the Spartans' 2014 class.

A whirlwind of a week for Darius Slade landed him back where always thought he would be: Michigan State.

The Montclair (N.J.) defensive end decommitted from Nebraska on Tuesday and was offered by Ohio State on Thursday, but his heart brought him back to the Spartans.

"Before the Nebraska commitment and even afterward, Michigan State had been my No. 1 school for a while," Slade said. "I loved the players there and all the commits there have become very close friends. Once the opportunity came up, I decided to decommit and I talked to Coach Narduzzi and they were interested still I had to commit to Michigan State.

"I felt like that was home for me. I feel like I'm coming home now. Michigan State is where I'm going now."

Slade said the distance to Nebraska from home in New Jersey was a factor he didn't like with the Huskers. He also said that his time at the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Los Angeles got him thinking more and when he got home, he knew what he wanted to do.

Part of the credit for that can be given to fellow Michigan State commit Madre London (Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, Fla.), who also took part in the Semper Fi game.

"He was in my ear about it because me and Madre took our official visit to Michigan State together and both loved it," Slade said. "We became very close over the visit and we both came to the agreement that we really wanted to go to Michigan State."

Slade said he and London developed a good relationship even in the weeks leading up to the game in California when he was committed to Nebraska.

It was relationships like that which had him set on becoming the 20th commit in the Michigan State class even when Ohio State came calling.

"I had already decided that's where I wanted to go," Slade said. "Ohio State is a great school and I respect that program, but the relationships I built with all the players at Michigan State and the commits there and coaches there, I don't think any school in the nation could compete with that. …

"Nick Saban could have walked through that door and I still would have felt the same way about Michigan State. That's how I know for a fact that's where I wanna be at."


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