Darius Slade is still trying to get into the rotation
Montclair High School
Montclair, New Jersey
Ohio State Overview
2016 Season (Redshirt Sophomore): Missed season due to injury.
2015 Season (Redshirt Freshman): Darius Slade earned his first Varsity O letter in 2015 after playing in seven games for the Buckeyes ... had a career-best 12 plays from scrimmage in the win over Rutgers and had 11 plays against both Virginia Tech and Michigan ... he is majoring in hospitality management.
More on Darius: Slade was a pleasant, signing day 2014 announcement that went Ohio State's way as he signed made his college choice public late in the afternoon ... Slade recorded 37 quarterback sacks for 126 yards in losses as a junior and senior and helped Montclair High School, coached by John Fiore, to consecutive 12-0 seasons and back-to-back New Jersey Group 5 state championships ... his school has the distinction of being the first to claim consecutive state titles since the current New Jersey playoff system was implemented in 1974 ... Slade had 67 tackles, including 23.5 sacks (and 35 total tackles for loss), as a senior and was named first-team all-New Jersey ... he had 13.5 sacks and 46 tackles as a junior ... considered one of the Top 20 senior prospects in New Jersey, a state with rich football talent ... rated as high as the No. 30 strong-side defensive end by 247Sports and the No. 66 defensive lineman by Scout ... Slade is the cousin of Jared Odrick, the Miami Dolphins' veteran defensive lineman ... Odrick was coached by current Ohio State assistant head coach and defensive line coach Larry Johnson at Penn State ... Slade is the son of Kimberly and Dwight Slade.
Rivals: 3-Star NR SDE
Scout: 3-Star #66 DE
247Sports: 3-Star #30 SDE
ESPN: 3-Star #104 DE