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Welcome Aboard - Nick Padla


Offensive lineman Nick Padla, Berrien Springs, Mich (Berrien Springs) - 6-foot-6, 269 pounds

Ratings: 247 sports (3 stars) Rivals (3 stars), Scout (3 stars), ESPN (NR)

Other notable offers: Illinois, Cincinnati

MSU needs a good load of offensive linemen in the 2014 class, and they got another one in Nick Padla, who was recently offered and committed on Saturday, according to our friend Mike Wilson of Scout. He joins Brian Allen and Chase Gianacakos on the offensive line and is the No. 15 commit for the class of 2014.

I can't find any highlights of him on YouTube. Coming from a small town like Berrien Springs, it's not too surprising. So I can't really speak to his ability, but here's what Mike said about Padla:

To me, the best part about his game is how he moves. He has good feet and moves well for a big guy. His high school's offense has him at right guard and doing a lot of pulling, which might not be his role in college as he projects to tackle. He could wind up at guard, though, and his experience now would be valuable in that.

When I watched Padla on Friday night, he didn't dominate a level of competition that you would expect him to. He was good, but not great. He even said to me he really did not play well and he wasn't happy with it.

When he gets to Michigan State and plays in the Big Ten, he will face a lot better competition and will have to compete with a high level of skill and athleticism. Of course, he will get better in time, too.

MSU has been following Padla for two years, but it's notable that he performed at Sound Mind Sound Body, which was run by current MSU recruiting coordinator Curtis Blackwell.

According to Rivals' Matt Dorsey, Padla has added 30 pounds of muscle over the last 18 months and has improved his footwork. His stock has been on the rise. Given that height, he looks like a tackle, and I imagine he can still fill out quite a bit.

2014 Football Commitments