Another Day, Another Defensive Line Commitment
Defensive end Darius Slade made his verbal pledge to Nebraska just a day after the word came in about juco standout Joe Keels. Slade comes from New Jersey, becoming the second recruit in as many years from the Garden State. New Jersey was once very fertile territory for the Huskers, supplying All-American talent like Irving Fryar, Mike Rozier, and the Peter brothers. Re-establishing connections there, especially as Rutgers joins the Big Ten could pay dividends down the road.
Slade comes directly from a state high school champion, the kind of program Nebraska likes to recruit from. He was among eight official visitors for the Iowa game, all of whom are currently committed to Nebraska. At 6'5", he's got the prototypical frame for a defensive end. He could use a redshirt year to add weight, however which is probably why he's currently listed as three star recruit. Still, he was sought after by both Michigan State and Penn State, among other teams.
Slade's commitment cushions the loss of two defensive ends from NU's 2013 recruiting class. Dimarya Mixon failed to qualify and Ernest Suttles was kicked off the team after an off-the-field altercation prior to the season. He joins Mick Stoltenberg and Peyton Newell as four-to-play five defensive linemen.
With as many as eight additional slots in this recruiting, Nebraska now appears more focused on receivers, cornerbacks and running backs but there's probably room for (and the coaches would probably welcome) another defensive lineman or two.