Last weekend Darius Slade took an official visit to Nebraska. The defensive end from Montclair (N.J.) seemed to really enjoy it but he is focused on finishing his season strong before sitting down and choosing a school.
"The Nebraska visit went well and I enjoyed myself out there," said the 6-foot-5, 237-pound Slade. "Some of the things that stick out to me about the visit are the academic portion and the players. D.J. Singleton was my host and we had a great time. I also really liked the family atmosphere.
"From the outside looking in, coach Bo seems like an angry person," he said. "When I actually got a chance to sit down with him and hear what the player had to say about him I found out that he is a great guy, a great coach and his players like playing for him. He brings so much passion to the game. I really like coach Bo."
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"I took my official visit to Penn State right before Thanksgiving," Slade said. "I have a lot of history with Penn State. My cousin is Jared Odrick and he has nothing but great things to say about the university. Coach Larry Johnson is a great man and great coach. I've been to Penn State a few times and it would feel like home if I chose them. That program is on the rise. They have some great players and great coaches.
"Michigan State is still very high on my list," he said. "It is a great school that is similar in a lot of ways and different in some ways compared to the other schools. The coaching staff is made up of some of the best coaches out there. They have the best defense. The program is going to continue to be a great system. The 2014 class they have coming in are all great guys. I definitely look forward to possibly playing there."
Slade only has one thing on his mind for now.
"My focus this week is on my last game as a high school football player," said Slade. "After the championship game I'll start to zero in on recruiting again. Saturday night at MetLife stadium is my game."
Slade knows this will be a difficult decision for him.
"I would pretty much put all three schools at number one right now," he said. "When I come home after a visit, I can't really grasp what I just did and saw or how great the visit was. I need about a week afterward to really think about everything. I haven't rally compared all of them yet. I'm not going to sit down and talk about it with my parents until next week. I could be deciding as early as next week."
Montclair plays Ridgewood (N.J.) in the North 1 Group 5 finals on Saturday.