Nick Padla is a 6-6, 275-pound offensive lineman from Berrien Springs. (Special to Detroit News)
The Detroit News will profile one of its Blue Chip recruits every day leading up to the Feb. 5 National Signing Day. Today: No. 13 player Nick Padla.
Berrien Springs, Mich. – If Nick Padla wasn’t a Michigan State fan before the 2010 season, he became one that September in a dramatic way.
Padla was in Spartan Stadium on Sept. 18 that year when MSU surprised Notre Dame with a fake field-goal attempt in overtime that produced a touchdown and a 34-31 victory. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio had named that play “Little Giants.”
“Michigan State has always been a school I wanted to go to, even without football,” he said. “All of my family’s friends are MSU fans. We all went to that game and I’ll never forget it. I said then that, ‘Wouldn’t it be sweet if I played there.’”
Padla will have that opportunity in the fall. A 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman from Berrien Springs, Padla committed to MSU this past September and is expected to sign his letter-of-intent Wednesday.
Padla comes from a football family. His brother, Alex, played at Saginaw Valley State before an injury ended his career after one season. His uncle, Doug Padla, played receiver at Temple in the early 1970s. Padla’s younger brother, Nate, is in the eighth grade and is planning on playing in high school, possibly as a quarterback.
Nick Padla has always been a lineman and the past three varsity seasons he started on both sides.