This season, Coughlin will move back to linebacker, but his frame and versatility should allow colleges to project him to either position. His play last season has already caught the eye of several programs.
That visit was the start of his process with the Gophers, and given their proximity, that relationship is likely to build over the next few years.
"It was really great. With Coach Miller leaving the linebackers... I talked to him last summer, but I didn't know the new linebackers coach. From what I saw, he's a really great guy and Coach Kill is a funny awesome dude. I talked to the recruiting coordinator for most of practice, then Coach Kill and the linebackers coach talked to me at the end and they said they're looking forward to going through the process with me."
In June, Coughlin will hope to push himself further onto the radar when he attends a handful of college camps.
"So far I'm attending Pitt, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan State and it's a possibility I might try Florida State and Ole Miss. Michigan sent me a flyer for their camp so there is also a big chance I will attend that too."