Carter Coughlin won’t be going far geographically for college — the state of Minnesota’s top-ranked football recruit has committed to the hometown University of Minnesota — but the sky is the limit in terms of his athletic ability.
The hard-nosed four-star outside linebacker is a freakish athlete. His time of 4.53 in the 40-yard dash and 4.21 in the shuttle and his 42.5-foot power ball toss were tops among linebackers at Nike’s The Opening finals combine in Oregon last summer.
That athletic ability and his top-10 ranking among outside linebackers nationally helped earn him a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his school, Eden Prairie, on Monday to give him an honorary jersey for the Jan. 9 game.
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Before he gets to San Antonio, Coughlin has his eyes on helping Eden Prairie capture a fifth consecutive state championship. The team has not lost since 2012, when Coughlin was a freshman. Ranked No. 24 in this week’s Super 25, Eden Prairie (10-0) faces Totino-Grace in a 6A quarterfinal Friday.
Coughlin presented the Dream Champion award to his parents, Jennie and Bob Coughlin.