Padla playing the waiting game

Berrien Springs senior offensive tackle played in front of an MSU coach on Friday and had his chance to show what he can do in person.

Berrien Springs senior offensive tackle Nick Padla has camped at Michigan State, sent film and visited campus multiple times.

On Friday night, Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten watched his game. Now, Padla is playing the waiting game for a scholarship offer again.

"I don't know if there is anything left to do," he said. "I will see where it goes this weekend and then, I don't know. I will wait a little while and see what's going on."

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound lineman said having Staten at his game was the next hurdle in the process.

"Coach (Mark) Dantonio said that pretty much Coach Staten and Coach (Jim) Bollman both want to offer me but they need to come and watch and he came and watched tonight," he said.

Padla said he was going to call Staten after the game and see if there was any news.

He also visited East Lansing last weekend for the season opener with his teammates, defensive end Jhonathon Williams.

"It was fun," he said. "It was really fun. Me and John went up with a couple buddies on the team, it was pretty fun."

Currently, he holds two BCS offers – Illinois and Cincinnati – and he will see those teams play Saturday.

"I'm going to watch them play (Saturday), too," he said. "So it's the best of both worlds. They play each other tomorrow so I will see them both play."

While Michigan State has yet to pull the trigger on an offer, Padla said he likes the fact it's the "home-state team."

As for Cincinnati and Illinois, Padla said he likes that the Bearcats run a lot and that the Illini are showing him the most love.

Friday night wasn't smooth sailing for Berrien Springs and Padla, as the Shamrocks fell 36-0 to Paw Paw – likely the favorite in the Wolverine Conference.

"I really don't think we executed that well," Padla said. "There are a lot of things we still gotta work on. It's still early in the season, but this is just a chip on the shoulder for the next game. We are already looking forward to the next game."

Read my thoughts on Padla and a possible offer from MSU after Friday


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