Berrien Springs, Mich., offensive tackle Nick Padla had expectations he would land an offer from Cincinnati following his camp appearance there last Friday. On Monday, that offer came to fruition in a conversation with offensive line coach Darren Hiller.
"He emailed me this morning and told me he wanted to talk to my coach before a final decision was made," Padla said. "They talked and then I called over there. He told me I did a good job there and I deserved the offer."
Padla performed for Cincinnati at their Friday Night Lights camp last week. The trip was also an opportunity to check out their campus and that experience heightened his appreciation for the offer.
"It's the first BCS offer, so it is very exciting," Padla said. "Hopefully more are to come, but I like UC a lot. Coach [Tommy] Tuberville is pretty high up there among coaches. I liked how the football field is built into the campus. Their weight room is huge - the biggest weight room I've every seen - so I liked what I saw down there."
Padla was giving serious thought to making his college selection before the start of his senior season, but the offer from Cincinnati may alter those plans.
"It really does change, because I was thinking about committing before the season," Padla said. "Now, with all these schools coming in and talking to me I'm not sure."
Prior to the Cincinnati offer, the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Padla had received offers from Bowling Green, Kent State, Toledo and Western Michigan. He is also receiving interest from the likes of Michigan State and Illinois.