Coughlin Bonds With UM Coaching Staff

The Gophers had one of the top in-state juniors on campus Thursday in Eden Prairie (MN.) outside linebacker Carter Coughlin, who grew closer to the Minnesota staff after his unofficial visit

Eden Prairie (MN.) junior outside linebacker Carter Coughlin took an unofficial to Minneapolis on Thursday and discusses the visit along with his time with head coach Jerry Kill and linebackers coach Mike Sherels.

"It was so awesome," Coughlin told GopherDigest. "I had great conversations with both Coach Kill and Coach Sherels. I saw everything the campus has, met with people involved in student academics. All of that good stuff!"

"Coach Sherels talked to me about his background, which led into how much he really believes in the Gopher program and how much he would love to coach me and feels that he could help build me, so much as a player. I then talked to Coach Kill and he really just talked about how awesome their program is, how far it has come and how far it will continue to go, about how great the program would be if all the home state kids stayed because there is so much talent and how much he wants me to stay and go to the U."

The 6-4, 200-pound physical linebacker early on is creating a stronger and stronger bond with Coach Sherels and he talks about that relationship with him.

"He is so awesome," said Coughlin. "I love his coaching style that is really more of a teacher. He is young, energetic and doesn't do too much yelling."

Coughlin holds one other offer from Pittsburgh, but is receiving interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin. Despite the interest from many others, did the thought of committing during his visit cross his mind?

"I am not ready to commit yet because I still want to get a feel of what other colleges are like and compare, but Minnesota is definitely my #1 right now," said Coughlin. "The Gopher fans better be excited where this program is headed!"

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