National Signing Day is always full of surprises and the first one of today game early as 2014 Michigan State defensive end commit Darius Slade will not sign with the Spartans today because he plans on taking an official visit to Ohio State on the weekend of February 15th according to a Newark Star-Ledger report:
"The Darius Slade recruiting saga took another turn on National Signing Day. The highly touted Montclair defensive end will not sign a National Letter of Intent with Michigan State on Wednesday, and is planning a visit to Ohio State the weekend of Feb. 15, Montclair coach John Fiore told The Star-Ledger."
According to the report, Slade really likes Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson. It also sounds like the Buckeyes are the favorite to land the standout defensive end according to his coach as he could sign with the Buckeyes on his visit:
"Ohio State is holding a scholarship for Slade, and if the visit goes well Fiore expects him to sign his National Letter of Intent while in Columbus. Michigan State is still being considered, but Fiore did say that the school could pull its scholarship offer as a result of the Ohio State visit."
The longtime Nebraska commit flipped to Michigan State last month, despite receiving an offer from the Buckeyes, but it looks like he could flip his commitment again- this time to Ohio State.
Watch out for Darius Slade as a late signee to Ohio State. Was supposed to officially visit last week, but didn't. Visiting soon. #ScoutNSD— Bill Greene (@BillBankGreene) February 5, 2014
This could be Ohio State's backup plan if they are unable to land their top target, 5-star Southfield (MI) defensive end Malik McDowell later today.
Land-Grant Holy Land will keep tabs on this developing situation.