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Huskers land Slade

Montclair St. Joseph defensive end Darius Slade made his decision to commit to Nebraska on Wednesday at his high school.

The three-star defensive end will be chose the Huskers over fellow Big Ten schools Michigan State and Penn State.

The Huskers were already expected to be stopping by to see Slade this evening for an in-home visit with head coach Bo Pelini.

Nebraska made up ground for Slade during his official visit over Thanksgiving weekend and the Huskers really took a step forward when Tim Beck and Ron Brown made an in-home visit last week.

Getting to know Pelini during his visit played a big part for Nebraska. Slade said after his visit he really enjoyed NU's head coach.

"From the outside looking in, most people think coach Bo is not a great guy or not a great coach, but when you get a chance to meet him and talk to the players, they all have great things to say about him," Slade said. "He's a great coach. He cares about his players and has their back 100 percent. He's just done some great things for the players since he's been there. When I got that chance to sit down and talk to him, he's a good guy. I know he'll do great things here for a long time."

The Huskers landed a commitment from junior college defensive end Joe Keels on Tuesday, but didn’t have a high school defensive end in the fold yet. Nebraska was looking for at least one and could look to take another in this class to join Keels and Slade.

Slade’s high school career ends in the Semper Fidelis All-American game, played in California on Jan. 5. His Montclair career ended last week with another state title. Slade finished with 22 sacks in the season.

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