After running a 4.42 at Ohio State in the Summer, Eden Prairie junior linebacker Carter Coughlin hoped a Buckeye offer was near. This week, as contact with his class began in earnest, that moment came.
"I was super excited about picking that [offer] up because the linebackers coach had told me at camp that I'm an offer kid and wanted to offer me but the fact that they made it official and called me was really exciting," he said.
Having worked with the Buckeye staff at camp, the experience puts Ohio State high in Coughlin's plans.
"I love Coach Fickell, the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He's really an excited guy. He's a really high tempo, high energy coach, and a good teacher too. He has a lot of knowledge about linebacker position."
Coughlin, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, played defensive end as a sophomore, but is back at his more natural position of linebacker this season.
This weekend, Coughlin will visit Ohio State, and he hopes to visit another Big Ten school after that.
"I think I want to visit Michigan State. Their coach, Coach Salem, is coming in to my school next week. I don't know what's going on with that, but they've been in contact so I want to visit them at some point."
While it is too early for Coughlin to name any leaders, he does have an idea of when he would like to make a commitment.
"Honestly I think I want to make my final decision before my senior football season so I can focus on closing my senior season strong and not have to worry about the pressure of college."
Coughlin is rated as a 4-star prospect and is ranked in the Scout 300 for the class of 2016.