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Former Arizona State, Ohio State defensive end Darius Slade arrives at USF

The onetime New Jersey prep standout is expected to play his final college season this fall
Former Ohio State defensive lineman Darius Slade seen during the Buckeyes' spring game Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Published Jun. 25

Former Arizona State defensive end Darius Slade is on USF’s campus and is expected to play his final season for the Bulls this fall, the Tampa Bay Times has learned.

The Daily Stampede reported Monday that Slade had enrolled at USF. The football program has not yet confirmed his arrival.

He becomes at least the fourth defensive player to arrive this offseason via transfer, joining former East Bay cornerback KJ Sails (North Carolina), safety Devin Studstill (Notre Dame) and linebacker Patrick Macon (Oklahoma State).

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Slade, who earned a sixth season of eligibility in December, was listed at 6-foot-5, 257 pounds last season. He had eight tackles ― including 2.5 sacks ― during an injury-plagued fall for the Sun Devils.

He redshirted at Ohio State as a freshman in 2014 and missed the entire 2016 season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. He transferred to ASU and sat out the 2017 season per NCAA transfer guidelines.

At Montclair High in New Jersey, he evolved into a relentless pass rusher once ranked the nation’s 30th-best strong-side defensive end by 247Sports. His final two seasons alone, he totaled 37 sacks for 126 yards in losses.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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