Area Football Player Making An Impression

Reporter Mike Sullivan provides a free look at the spring successes of area football player Kenneth Coughlin, who has been making some noticeable improvements in his physical skills ...

Kenneth Coughlin, a 5-10 1/2 linebacker/tight end from Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York, has had a terrific spring, helping the rising senior land more chances to show his skills to college football programs.

"Georgia Tech asked for some film," said Mr. Coughlin, Kenneth's dad.

Coughlin recently was one of four linebackers selected to the All-Combine Team from the camp held in Baltimore. In addition, Kenneth will be attending the Rising Senior Day Camps for Connecticut, Syracuse, Delaware and UPenn (all invite only camps).

"We also have to bring game film to these camps as well," Mr. Coughlin said.

In addition, Coughlin received an invite to the NFTC Camp at Rutgers held earlier in the week. Some of the areas Kenneth is currently working on are lateral speed and quickness.


Coughlin shined in a NIKE sponsored event held in Baltimore, Maryland.

Held at Coppin State, Kenny tied for first in the Kneeling Power Ball toss -- 41 feet and had a Sparq Rating of 80.82.

Coughlin has worked very hard so far this spring in making physical improvements to his game.

Coughlin took an unofficial campus visit to Delaware, according to his dad.

"It was a great time," said Mr. Coughlin. "We were there for the spring football game. The campus is beautiful."

In addition, Mr. Coughlin told us that Kenneth has received an invitation to compete at the ESPN Rise Nike Football Training camp/combines held at Rutgers University on May 1st.

Coughlin, a member of the 2012 class, has worked extremely hard to put himself in a position to land some college interest in his skill level. Kenneth is hoping to have a great senior season for his high school football team after having a tremendous junior season.


Coughin previously took and had a terrific unofficial visit to Pennsylvania, according to his father.

"It was an unbelievable visit," said Mr. Coughlin previously. "University of Pennsylvania is gorgeous. They are very interested, and have told him to get a 1200+ on his SAT. He really loved it and was extremely impressed. Coaching Staff was top-rate."


"Marshall, UConn, and South Florida are some schools involved recently," Mr. Coughlin recently said in an interview.


According to Kenneth's dad, Coughlin is enrolled at Parisi Speed + Strength school for six months (six days a week focusing on speed, agility and strength).

Coughlin will be attending the National Underclassman Combine in May and the NUC Ultimate 100 Combine in June.

Last year he made it to the U100. Kenneth was i the top five in the strength portion of it last year. He produced 29 reps at 155 pounds and ran a 40 in 4.86. He wants to get to the 4.6 to 4.7 range this year.


Kenneth was selected to the Staten Island Advance All Star team. In addition, Coughlin was named First Team All Staten Island and Second Team All City by the New York Post.


We previously reported that Coughlin's season had ended in a PSAL semifinal playoff loss to Fort Hamilton.

However, Coughlin was one of the main reasons why his high school team went deep into the playoffs. He produced nine tackles to help his football team score a convincing 33-6 victory in the quarterfinals.

In addition to his nine tackles in the quarterfinal playoff game, he recorded a sack and two quarterback pressures that led to two interceptions.


The 220-pounder also has some recruiting interest from Duquesne, Delaware, Wagner, Memphis, and East Carolina.


Considered a multiple position player, Coughlin is also the long snapper for Tottenville. He was named to second team All City defense in 2009-2010 as a defensive tackle last season while also spending some minutes playing the defensive end and linebacker positions.

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