Snapshot Profile: Darius Slade
By Tony Gerdeman
|Player: Darius Slade
| School: Montclair (Montclair, NJ)
||Position: Defensive End
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 240
40-yard dash: N/A
20-yard shuttle: N/A
Vertical jump: N/A
Rivals: 3-Star NR SDE
Scout: 3-Star #66 DE
247Sports: 3-Star #30 SDE
ESPN: 3-Star #104 DE
2013: 67 tackles, 23.5 sacks, 35 tackles for loss
2012: 46 tackles, 13.5 sacks
Helped his team to two consecutive state championships and a combined 24-0 record in those two seasons; First-Team All-State; Named the #10 senior in the state by the New Jersey Star-Ledger; Cousin of former Penn State defensive lineman Jared Odrick, who was coached by current Buckeye defensive line coach Larry Johnson.
Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Nebraska, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia.
Solomon Thomas, Steve Miller
Raw, but has a solid foundation to build on. Has a good burst around the edge, a great frame, and decent quickness that will only improve with time. He has the tools, now he just needs to learn how to use them.
It would be a bit of a surprise if Slade made it onto the field this year given the pass rushers that will be ahead of him. With how raw he is, a redshirt year would benefit everybody. He does have some things that can't be taught, however, so perhaps those skills will find him playing earlier than expected.
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