September 19, 2012
MSU the early leader for in-state junior Nick Padla
Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten and Michigan wide receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski have both made the trek to Berrien Springs (Mich.) to check in on offensive linemen Nick Padla.
Neither of the two in-state Big Ten schools has offered the 6-foot-5, 260-pound guard yet, but Shamrocks coach Bill Bergan is confident that Padla will have several scholarship options to choose from before long.
"He has the size that upper level Division 1 schools are looking for," Bergan said, "but I think the thing that really gives him a chance to play at a high level is his feet. When a guy has feet like that, you can plug him in anywhere on the line and he is going to be fine."
Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, and several Mid-American Conference programs have expressed interest in Padla.
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