Coughlin Picks Up No.5

Traveling down for an unofficial visit for Wisconsin's final nonconference game against South Florida, Eden Prairie (MN) Senior four-star outside linebacker Carter Coughlin went back home with a Badgers scholarship offer added to his early total.

Wisconsin hosted several elite official visitors on campus this weekend and even had some impressive unofficial visitors in for the South Florida game, like Eden Prairie (MN) Senior outside linebacker Carter Coughlin.

The highly-regarded junior didn’t leave Madison empty handed, as the coaching staff extended him his fifth offer.

“After the game all of the recruits on official visits got to go down to the locker room, and obviously I wasn’t on and official, but the coach said he wants me to come down as well,” Coughlin told BadgerNation. “We hung out in the players lounge, looked at the locker room and then when Coach Andersen finished his press conference, he came over to me and said that Wisconsin loves me and would love me to play for them and that he is extending an official offer.”

The offer from Wisconsin joins scholarships from %%MATCH_7%%, Minnesota, Ohio State and Pittsburgh and got the four-star recruit real excited about the direction of the program.

“Wisconsin is a great program and Madtown had an awesome atmosphere,” said Coughlin. “I got to see the whole football facility, weight room, practice field, coaches’ offices, trophies, training table, locker room and I loved it. I talked to the recruiting coach, met some position coaches and then talked to Coach A. It was really fun.”

The 6-4, 200-pound linebacker is currently ranked the No. 23 outside linebacker in the country. While the Gophers were deemed his early leader, Coughlin doesn’t have a clear cut front runner for him anymore.

“I’m not sure now with %%MATCH_8%% State, Iowa and Wisconsin offering me,” said Coughlin. “I don’t have a clear leader. I haven’t thought much about it as in terms of numbering them, but I have gotten really close with Minnesota and Ohio State and I know that they will definitely be in my top choices.”

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