Michigan State has struggled to put together a consistent offensive line in recent years, due in part to injuries.
The Spartans entered the 2014 recruiting cycle with an emphasis on offensive linemen and adding depth and talent to the trenches. With the retirement of Skyler Burkland, that need grew even greater as the Spartans will enter 2014 with 10 returning scholarship linemen.
With the goal of having four or five offensive linemen in the class, Michigan State got one closer Friday night with the addition of Berrien Springs offensive tackle Nick Padla.
Padla also provides the Spartans with a second OT in the class – the specific place of need – as he joins St. Charles (Ill.) North's Chase Gianacakos.
Michigan State will return tackles Jack Conklin and Donavon Clark next season, but will have little depth and even less experience behind them in 2014. Padla and Gianacakos, while highly unlikely to play as true freshman, will add necessary depth.
One of the big things to like about Padla is his desire to be a Spartan. He has visited time and time again, sent film, camped, etc. This was the offer he wanted and was working for and finally got.
Michigan State still will look to add to the class at OT and would ideally add a junior college tackle to the mix, as they did with current senior Fou Fonoti. The Spartans have offered a few JUCO OTs so far – Luke Hayes, David Hedelin and Raul Martinez.
With two spots for the right players, an offensive guard isn't out of the question as the Spartans didn't bring in any OGs last season, but tackles will remain the focus as they can always slide inside and play guard.