Coghlin Finds A Home With Michigan State

Having camped at Michigan State the past two summer, Cincinnati Moeller kicker Matthew Coghlin received the news he'd been hoping for with a scholarship offer from Mark Dantonio and the Spartans.

When entering the recruiting process Cincinnati Moeller kicker Matthew Coghlin understood he needed to show out if he wanted to earn a scholarship offer from a Division One program.

Monday, Coghlin realized his dream when Illinois offered him following a strong camp performance the week before. Tuesday, Michigan State entered the picture with an offer he could not turn down.

“Matthew spoke with Coach (Mark) Dantonio and Coach (Mike) Tressel at length today by phone,” said Matthew's father Mark Coghlin. “As of right now the scholarship offer is a greyshirt but could be a full one depending upon what happens.

“They told Matthew that he was the guy they wanted and we're all in.”

Coghlin is a game changer at one of the top programs in Ohio having scored 86-points this past season for the Crusaders going 17-of-27 with a long of 54 yards and 35-of-36 on extra points. All but one of his misses came from longer than 48 yards. As a sophomore, Coghlin scored 97 points going 10-of-14 in field goals with a long of 44 yards and hit on 67-of-67 extra points as Moeller won their second consecutive state championship. During his high school career, Coghlin has never missed from inside the 40.

Spartan Digest has watched Coghlin over the past two seasons be a major weapon for Moeller and he proved his worth in a playoff loss to state runner-up Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne scoring 16 of the Crusaders 22 points in a 29-22 loss with one of his field goals hitting from 54-yards out.

While Coghlin may not be the biggest name in the Spartans 2016 recruiting class he may well prove to be one of the more valuable during the course of his career.


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