Bearcats at the Top for Padla?

After impressing Cincinnati coaches for a second time, Nick Padla got the news he was looking for as the Bearcats issued the Michigan native a scholarship. Bearcat Insider spoke with Padla about his interest in the Bearcats.

Just over a month ago University of Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville decided to send two coaches to Southfield, Michigan for the annual Sound Mind Sound Body Football Camp.

The results of that day spent in Michigan helped offensive line coach Darren Hiller get a first-hand look at Berrien Springs (Mich.) offensive lineman Nick Padla and the pursuit was on to get the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tackle prospect on campus and to camp.

Friday, Padla got a lot of attention from the Bearcats and it looks to have left an impression.

"I was on campus all day," said Padla. "I went on a visit before their Friday Night Lights Camp and that was amazing as the campus and facilities are really nice. During camp, I really got a chance to work one-on-one with Coach Hiller unlike the other camp he saw me at."

The end results showed up on Monday as Padla connected with Hiller about his camp performance.

"I got my offer around one today," he said. "I spoke with Coach Hiller as Coach Tuberville was away doing something. But I plan on talking with him tomorrow.

"It was very exciting to get this offer as this was my first BCS offer and to get this out of the way can now put pressure on other BCS schools to offer me."

While Padla is not ready to pull the trigger for the Bearcats, his visit did open his eyes.

"For them to want me to visit meant I did a good job at Sound Mind Sound Body," said Padla. "They showed they really wanted to get me down there and when I got there I liked what I saw.

"I loved the weight room as it is gigantic and the biggest one I've ever seen. Campus is very nice and everything seems to be right there. I also liked how the stadium is built right into campus."

Where do the Bearcats stand at this time?

"Cincinnati is definitely at the top of the list right now," said Padla. "Things are going really good and I liked everything about them. I'm not sure about when I'm going to decide and I'll be having a meeting with my coach and parents later this week about it.

"Honestly, this offer makes me want to work even harder as I want to play major college football and I'm very happy to get this one out of the way."

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