Gophers land commitment from state's top football recruit


Multiple media reports indicate the Gophers football team received a commitment from a highly recruited linebacker on Thursday.

On his Twitter account, Carter Coughlin announced that he would play football for coach Jerry Kill and the Gophers. ranks Coughlin as a three-star recruit, while 247 gives him four-stars and ranks him 22nd among outside linebackers in next year's class.

He has been regarded as the top high school recruit in Minnesota in the class of 2016. Coughlin chose Minnesota over national champion Ohio State and runner-up Oregon.

According to the Pioneer Press, Coughlin wanted to stay in Minnesota and is encouraged by what he sees taking place in the Gopher football program.

"There is no question that coach Kill can build a program," Coughlin told the newspaper. "You look at every single program that he's involved in. Every single program has skyrocketed. Minnesota talks about building its program brick by brick. It's come such a long way, and it's only going to go up from here."

Coughlin becomes the highest-ranked in-state recruit since 2014 when Kill locked up running back Jeff Jones.

According to the Star Tribune, Coughlin attended Gophers practice on Thursday and exchanged hugs and with several coaches and players on the team.

Next Up

Car crash

'Grim' milestone: Minnesota's traffic deaths reach 364, tying 2019 total

“With fewer vehicles on the road during the 2020 pandemic, the loss of life on Minnesota roads is beyond disappointing."

Devin Weiland

Charges: Albert Lea man, 21, fired around 90 shots at police, residents

Weiland was arrested after a standoff that lasted more than eight hours.

Body storage warehouse

Body storage warehouse 'ready if needed for COVID-19 fatality management'

The warehouse is currently storing PPE and testing supplies.


Signs come down at Giordano's restaurant in Uptown

It appears the restaurant has closed for good.

State Capitol.

Walz eyes COVID-19 relief package totaling $300-$600 million amid budget surplus

The state forecasted a budget surplus for the remainder of the biennium.

Bar beer

Walz non-committal on extension of restaurant, gym closures

He has suggested that the ban on mixing with people outside your household could continue over Christmas.

scratch lottery ticket

State lottery: Don't give scratch-offs as gifts to minors

The Minnesota Lottery participates in an annual responsible gambling campaign focusing on underage lottery play during the holidays.

Marijuana, cannabis

Minnesota adds 2 more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

There will be 17 conditions that qualify people to obtain medical marijuana in Minnesota.

Matt Birk

Ex-Viking Matt Birk confirms interest in future run for governor

The next gubernatorial election in Minnesota is Nov. 8, 2022.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 10.59.59 AM

Handsome Hog in St. Paul to close temporarily

Executive chef Justin Sutherland cited inaction by state and federal leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.


MN radio host resigns after repeatedly body shaming Iowa female host

Aaron Imholte is now broadcasting the show from an online platform.