Derek Slaughter joins the Nebraska program as a walk-on linebacker. Slaughter was a standout at Pelham High School in Alabama, where he racked up more than 130 tackles during his senior season. The 5-11, 195-pound Slaughter also had two interceptions, and the big hitter forced several fumbles. Slaughter had 128 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions in his junior season. He played cornerback as a sophomore. Slaughter grew up in David City, Neb., until the fifth grade when his family moved to Alabama. Slaughter had interest from The Citadel and UAB.
Derek was born on March 4, 1993, and is the son of Kirk and Kim Slaughter.