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Darius Slade

Darius Slade

Nebraska coaches got a dose of bad news on their first day back on the road after a monthlong dead period.

Defensive end Darius Slade, a prospect from Montclair High School in New Jersey, decommitted from the Huskers, pushing NU's number of pledges back to 19 for the 2014 class.

Slade told HuskersIllustrated.com that Nebraska was out of the running. Rivals.com reported Slade also received an offer from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer on Thursday.

The news, coupled with the fact Avery Moss is not expected to return, leaves Nebraska in search of more talent at defensive end prior to signing day Feb. 5.

Slade committed to NU in early December, scoring a major victory over the likes of Michigan State and Penn State for his commitment.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Slade is an impressive prospect, racking up 23½ sacks as a senior. He had 15 sacks as a junior.

The defensive ends remaining in the Husker class are Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan.) and junior college transfer Joe Keels, who already is enrolled in classes in Lincoln.

“I’m ready to go,” Keels told the Journal Star last week. “That’s what I want to do, that’s what I’ve been training to do.”

​Reach Brian Christopherson at bchristopherson@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. Follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBC.

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