Darion Slade is known for his high-octane hits and well-strategized coverages. As a defensive back at Campbell University, Slade left his mark as a three-time All-Big South honoree, earning first team recognition in 2019 and second team accolades the following two campaigns. During his 2021 redshirt senior year, Slade was the only player in the Big South with at least 60 tackles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, despite playing in only nine games. In 44 career appearances for the Fighting Camels, Slade piled up 221 tackles, third-most in school history. He also contributed 9.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, 17 passes defensed, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. Darion Slade was a football and basketball standout at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, N.C. Brian Gentry, his childhood friend from Winston-Salem and current Slashers stopper, suggested he try out for SlamBall after he was released by the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers. Slade was a fifth-round pick of the Gryphons but later moved to the Wrath.