Many feel the the 2016 class in Minnesota will be a special one and the Gophers took notice at their camp on Sunday when Eden Prairie (MN.) sophomore outside linebacker Carter Coughlin was offered personally by Head Coach Jerry Kill.
"The day went really well especially considering I was still sore from the Pittsburgh camp," Coughlin told GopherDigest. "I performed well in all of the testing and then I showed Coach Sherels that I could hit as well. It was a great camp."
"Right at the end of camp, Coach Kill pulled me aside while the rest of the players were watching a video and took me up to his office and said that I already know that he and the rest of the coaches want me at the U, but he is making it official by extending me a full scholarship. I was so excited when he said that! It felt so good to pick up an offer from Minnesota. I am really interested in Minnesota. I didn't think about committing just because I want to keep my mind open, so I won't commit for a while, but I love the U!"
The 6-4, 200-pound linebacker's recruitment is picking up steam as he has been already hearing from Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin along with holding two offers from Pittsburgh and now Minnesota. However, the Gophers have a lot of feathers in their cap as Coughlin has many ties to their program.
"My dad played there, my grandpa played there and my mom played tennis there, so I have a family legacy there," said Coughlin. "Oh yeah I grew up a Gopher fan (laughter). We have had season tickets since I can remember. Honestly, I'm just trying to wrap my head around all of this recruiting stuff, so I don't have a leader right now, but I am really excited about Minnesota's program. The coaches really know what they're doing and I'm really impressed. They are really great and really energetic about their program."
Coughlin will be camping at Michigan State in a week.