HT: 6-6 | WT: 265 lbs.
Hometown: Berrien Springs, Michigan
High School: Berrien Springs HS
High School Position: OL
Projected College Position: OT
WHAT TO LIKE
Spartan Digest first saw Padla during the National Elite Big Man Camp in Wixom (Mich.) in early February where he earned a spot in our Top Ten performers list. What we liked then is what we like now. Padla needs to continue to get bigger and stronger especially in his lower body. He's got a solid skill set and has done extremely well in the several one-on-one match-ups we've seen him in over the course of the past several months. A natural bender with good striking ability, Padla has the frame to add weight without losing athletic ability.
WHAT IS A CONCERN
The biggest concern for Padla at the next level will come when he arrives on campus and starts to compete against players of equal size and better athletic ability. The rise in competition is a big one, but Padla did extremely well over the course of the summer at the many events we watched him perform in.
There was major interest in Padla from Spartans offensive line coach Mark Staten in the spring and summer. At the Sound Mind Sound Body Camp, Staten made sure to catch Padla during one-on-one drills and that performance set in motion the process in which the future Spartan started working hard to earn an offer and become a member of the Spartans 2014 recruiting class.
There is work to be done, but all the tools are there for the Spartans to have a high level tackle or guard in the near future. Padla is raw, but shows solid athletic ability on a great frame. Since first seeing him in February, we saw progress in his technique and ability to compete as his confidence grew.