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After committing to Nebraska a little over a month ago, Darius Slade decommitted Thursday. The defensive end from Montclair (N.J.) chose to part ways with the Huskers because he really felt like he committed too early.
"I have officially decommitted from Nebraska," the 6-foot-5, 237-pound Slade said. "I have to say that I committed to Nebraska because it is a great place and it was right for me at the time. I also have to admit that the recruiting process is a hard time for recruits and committing was really a way to just end my recruitment. I didn't like how it was always on my mind.
"I respect everyone there, but after committing to Nebraska I finally had time to think. It was like a regular day and I was able to think. I didn't have to come home and call coaches. I was able to think and I've taken a lot of time."
Slade also picked up a game-changing offer on Thursday.
"Urban Meyer came to my school today and offered me," Slade said. "It's Ohio State. It's a great program and they've done a lot of great things recently. It looks like that will continue in the future. I'm not going to say I'm going there, but I'm opening up my recruitment.
"With Larry Johnson there, I think the world of him. He is like family to me. He has coached my cousin, Jared Odrick, and he has done great things for my family. I look forward to getting out there for a visit and seeing him."
Slade only has one official visit left and there are only a few weekends left for him to take visits before signing day.
"I will be visiting Ohio State," Slade said. "I'm not sure when yet because I haven't planned out the rest of the way yet. I just wanted to make my decommitment official, talk with my family and do it the right way."
Michigan State was a big contender for Slade before he committed and the Spartans remain a viable option for Slade.
"I still love Michigan State," he said. "I think the world of all the coaches and players there. I have spoken to the coaches up there since I committed to Nebraska. They have been recruiting me for a while and still love me as a player. Those coaches are men of their word. I respect Coach (Mark) Dantonio, Coach (Tirrel) Burton and Coach (Pat) Narduzzi."
Slade is open to all schools right now but Ohio State and Michigan State are the two that stick out.
Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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