DE Slade Setting Up Visits

Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Darius Slade continues to haul in offers going into the summer. Slade has at least three visits in sight and could be closing in on his decision.

Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Darius Slade keeps adding offers, but is looking to start cutting down and decide by the beginning of his senior season.

Slade's most recent offer came from Kansas, which is a potential summer visit. Slade also plans to visit Rutgers, Michigan State and West Virginia.

"Right now the plan is to make my decision this summer," said Slade, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. "There's really no reason to keep waiting when I can take a load off and focus on the season and get the weight off my family as well. That's the plan, but you never know. I could wait and take official visits and stuff if it comes to that."

Slade visited Rutgers Saturday for a team passing camp but plans to return soon for a personal visit with his family and the coaching staff.

"It's just to see more of the actual program," Slade said. "I'm looking more to just look at the academics and the facilities and kind of get more of a feel for Rutgers as a school."

Rutgers was the first school to offer Slade, where cousin Julian Pinnix-Odrick is going into his second season.

"It was great just driving around with some people, talking to coaches every five seconds," Slade said of Saturday's visit. "There was always another [golf] cart pulling up to talk and say hey. I was talking to a lot of players here and enjoying it. Rutgers is showing a lot of love. I'm enjoying it."

West Virginia and Michigan State are his two most likely destinations outside of New Jersey for summer visits.

"I can't say much about West Virginia yet, but it's definitely a great school," Slade said. "I definitely want to take that visit out there and see more.

"Michigan State, I haven't gotten a chance to talk to coach [Mark] Dantonio yet. I talked to [Pat] Narduzzi, the defensive coordinator a lot. He's a great guy. I'm definitely looking to get out there and see what it's like on a visit."

Kansas, which also offered teammates Austin Stevens, is the latest school to get involved.

"It's been a pretty busy recruiting process but I'm enjoying it," Slade said. "I'm still getting new offers. I'm enjoying it definitely.

"Kansas is definitely a great school academically and football wise. Austin definitely likes Kansas too. I enjoy a lot about Kansas too. Charlie Weis is definitely a great coach and I'm interested in maybe getting out there."


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