In even more class of 2019 news, Ohio State, and most recently, Arizona State transfer defensive end Darius Slade is enrolled at the University of South Florida, according to Nathan Bond of The Daily Stampede.
SLIGHTLY bigger news: unless there’s someone with the exact same name,— Nathan Bond (@BullsNathanSBN) June 24, 2019
Arizona State and Ohio State transfer defensive end Darius Slade is enrolled at #USF.
Big boost for the defensive line.
Slade initially enrolled at Ohio State in 2014, and was a hot three-star recruit coming out of Montclair, New Jersey. After taking a redshirt in 2014, Slade got onto the field in seven games for Ohio State in the 2015 season but did not record anything on the stat sheet. Slade was a part of the 2015 National Championship team for the Buckeyes.
The following year, Slade sustained a lower leg injury in fall camp that sidelined him for the entire 2016 season. Slade then transferred to Arizona State, a school he initially committed to in 2013, where he had to sit out the 2017 season due to transfer rules. That 2017 season saw him as the co-defensive MVP for the scout team for the Sun Devils.
Last season, Slade finally saw the field and some success at defensive end, registering eight tackles, 2.5 sacks, and a forced fumble recover and recovery. His forced fumble and recovery was a monstrous play, showcasing his pass rushing ability.
#2 6'5 257 Darius Slade looks like Jadeveon Clowney out here tossing humans pic.twitter.com/m9xtFBUqzJ— Kyle (@marblekyle) September 2, 2018
Unfortunately, during the middle stretch of the 2018 season, Slade once again was injured and kept him sidelined most of the season. Slade will be able to provide some much needed depth and experience to the defensive line.
As noted in the defensive line preview for the upcoming USF football season, USF was sorely missing someone to provide third down pass rush, but with Slades’ motor and power, it looks like we may have found a suitable answer.
Slade received a waiver for a sixth year from the NCAA in December and is immediately eligible to play.