”Coach Salem came into my school today,” the Eden Prairie (Minn.) junior linebacker said. “He knows my parents pretty well, so I’ve known him for a little while. …
”He went to school with my mom all the way through high school, so my grandparents know his family pretty well.”
“He has come into school a couple times and I’ve visited Michigan State, so I’ve gotten to know him pretty well,” Coughlin said. “We just caught up and talked and stuff. He said Coach (Mark) Dantonio wants me to make sure that you know he says hi and that you know that you have a scholarship from us and we want to offer you.”
The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Coughlin was excited by the offer, saying it was good to see the interest.
”Anytime a school offers, it really means a lot, but especially when it’s an elite program in the Big Ten like that,” he said. “They have been talking to me about how they were on the verge of offering me and how they are still evaluating and stuff.”
Coughlin already has been on campus in East Lansing a couple times as he came onto the radar last summer after camping. The latest trip was the Spartans’ win against Michigan in late October.
“First of all, Michigan State kicked Michigan’s butt which is great to see,” he said. “The Spartan Dawg defense is one of the highest, if not the highest-rated defense. I can see why just because of how intensely they play and I really like their style of play in the 4-3 and the linebackers make tons of plays. It would be really, really cool to play there.”
Michigan State has not been the lone school to see Coughlin this week as a pair of other big Ten schools have been in.
“(On Monday), the Iowa coach came in and they have already offered me,” he said. “He just wanted to see if I would come down to visit there as soon as I can. Then the Northwestern coach came in before Coach Salem came in, but I didn’t have a chance to talk with him because I had to finish some stuff up in class. I will be calling him later this week.”
While his offer list continues to grow, a big visit out west could come around and lead to yet another offer.
“If I go visit Oregon, I think that they will offer me,” he said. “I’m really hoping to (visit). I play basketball, too, so it’s tough with the basketball season, but whenever I find the time, I will.”