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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Carter Coughlin posts 13th highest score at The Opening, 2nd among linebackers

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Jerry Kill's top commit from the class of 2016 is officially among the best in the country athletically.

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Carter Coughlin was the 13th most athletic recruit at The Opening, Nike's elite summer recruiting training camp. That number might be the eye-popping lead, but it's not the only good result for Carter's first day in Oregon. Some other tidbits from the testing sessions (full rankings for all recruits and linebackers are in the tables below):

- Carter was the 2nd highest rated linebacker. The kid who finished first (Jeffrey McCulloch) was the #4 player overall.

- Carter's power ball toss (42.5 feet) ranked 10th among all recruits and 1st among linebackers.

- Among the linebackers, Carter also had the 2nd 40 time (4.53), the 2nd fastest shuttle time (4.21), and the 3rd highest vertical leap (36.6).

- As noted by GhostofNagurski yesterday, Carter has also improved some of his scores in the same tests in just the last 2 months. For example, his previous power ball toss would have tied him for 38th in that category yesterday (along with 16 other guys).

(NOTE: a full explanation of the Nike SPARQ testing can be found here)

It's easy to overhype this sort of performance (in fact I think I recall some fool comparing Carter's 40 time to those in the NFL Draft) and of course the results of a single testing event don't automatically equate to collegiate dominance. But that doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't be excited. The big knock on Coach Kill from national sports media types and some local media/fans has always been recruiting. The presence of a guy as athletic as Carter in a Minnesota recruiting class takes a big swing at the continued relevance of that critique. It also creates additional optimism for the future. We've seen what Jerry Kill can build with a recruiting class ranked dead last in the Big Ten. The thought of what he and strength coach Eric Klein do with guys like Carter though...that's the really exciting part.

The Opening - Full Rankings

First Last YR POS HT WT 40 SH PB VJ Rating
Tyrie Cleveland 2016 WR 6-1.5 190 4.32 3.94 40 41.3 147.96
Levonta Taylor 2016 DB 5-11.0 183 4.37 3.98 40.5 40 142.44
Nigel Knott 2016 DB 5-10.5 174 4.3 3.96 36.5 44.4 141.66
Jeffrey Mc Culloch 2016 LB 6-1.0 229 4.72 4 41 38 138.3
Dylan Crawford 2016 WR 6-1.5 183 4.45 4.01 42 37.4 136.47
Josh Imatorbhebhe 2016 WR 6-2.0 203 4.49 4.26 41 47.1 136.02
Donovan Peoples Jones 2017 WR 6-2.0 185 4.45 3.94 40 39.1 135.45
Mecole Hardman 2016 WR 5-10.0 175 4.32 4 37 40.4 134.07
Sean Mc Grew 2016 RB 5-7.0 173 4.38 3.95 39.5 37.9 132.06
Deontay Anderson 2016 DB 6-0.0 202 4.41 4.01 38 36.6 130.95
Demetris Robertson 2016 WR 6-0.0 176 4.34 3.97 40 34.8 130.77
Sewo Olonilua 2016 DB 6-2.5 219 4.61 4.24 44 38.6 130.77
Carter Coughlin 2016 LB 6-2.5 211 4.53 4.21 42.5 36.6 128.55
Devin White 2016 RB 5-11.0 258 4.49 4.55 44 37.9 128.19
Travis Homer 2016 RB 5-10.0 192 4.5 4.25 40 40.5 126.39
Brandon Jones 2016 DB 5-11.5 193 4.44 4.24 41.5 35.4 126.36
Tavien Feaster 2016 RB 5-10.0 202 4.36 4.23 40 35.5 126.09
Kyle Davis 2016 WR 6-1.5 218 4.6 4.4 45 38.8 125.49
Kyle Meyers 2016 DB 5-11.0 157 4.44 4 38 39.2 124.86
Dillon Mitchell 2016 WR 6-0.5 185 4.42 4.37 42 37.5 124.41
Devin Duvernay 2016 WR 5-10.0 187 4.32 4.12 36 37.4 123.51
Darryl Turner 2016 WR 5-9.0 192 4.49 4.09 38 38 122.55
Miles Sanders 2016 RB 5-11.5 199 4.51 4.09 39.5 35.9 122.4
Jared Mayden 2016 DB 6-0.0 198 4.47 4.11 38.5 35.6 120.78
Jarrett Guarantano 2016 QB 6-4.0 194 4.65 4.08 40 37.5 120.06
Camilo Eifler 2016 LB 6-0.5 214 4.66 4.54 41 40.2 120.03
Ed Oliver 2016 DL 6-1.0 289 4.86 4.4 46.5 32.4 119.1
Jaylon Jones 2016 DB 5-10.5 171 4.53 4.13 41 34.6 118.14
Javon Mc Kinley 2016 WR 6-1.0 204 4.61 4.01 39 33.2 117.66
Janarius Robinson 2016 DL 6-4.5 247 4.82 4.38 41.5 34.4 117.63
Obi Eboh 2016 DB 6-1.0 187 4.58 4.13 42.5 32.6 117.6
Marquill Osborne 2016 DB 5-10.0 175 4.42 4.13 37.5 36.1 117.27
Melquise Stovall 2016 RB 5-7.0 179 4.59 4.24 40 39.2 116.19
Stephen Davis Jr. 2016 DB 6-2.0 209 4.44 4.38 35 38.4 115.41
Chauncey Gardner 2016 DB 5-11.0 194 4.51 4.4 40 37.6 114.57
Shyheim Carter 2016 DB 5-10.0 176 4.42 4.13 38 33.1 113.97
Mique Juarez 2016 LB 6-1.5 226 4.69 4.42 42 34.1 113.7
Parker Boudreaux 2016 OL 6-4.5 289 5.1 4.41 42 30.3 112.62
Kristian Fulton 2016 DB 5-11.0 167 4.57 4 34 38.9 112.35
Jamyest Williams 2017 DB 5-9.0 170 4.5 4.26 36.5 40.7 112.08
Jaquan Yulee 2016 LB 6-1.0 249 4.73 4.4 42 30.2 111.93
Oluwole Betiku 2016 DL 6-4.5 239 4.57 4.26 35.5 33.6 111.24
Aaron Hansford 2016 LB 6-3.0 209 4.47 4.41 38.5 34.6 110.58
Bryan Edwards 2016 WR 6-2.0 209 4.56 4.37 39 35.5 110.58
Vavae Malepeai 2016 RB 5-11.0 199 4.76 4.01 38.5 33.1 110.43
C.J. Pollard 2016 DB 6-3.0 183 4.61 4.4 41.5 35.1 109.83
Tyjon Lindsey 2017 WR 5-9.0 162 4.55 4 35 36.5 109.8
Brady Breeze 2016 DB 5-11.0 188 4.74 4.13 43 31 109.44
D.K. Metcalf 2016 WR 6-4.0 210 4.56 4.49 39 36.6 109.17
Daelin Hayes 2016 LB 6-4.0 249 4.84 4.41 41.5 31.2 109.08
Damar Hamlin 2016 DB 6-1.0 182 4.7 4.09 39.5 34.4 108.81
Donnie Corley 2016 WR 6-2.5 182 4.67 4.25 40 36.4 108.63
Lamar Jackson 2016 DB 6-2.5 209 4.63 4.43 38.5 36.3 106.41
Sam Bruce 2016 WR 5-7.5 183 4.54 4.24 37 35.3 106.35
La Vert Hill 2016 DB 5-10.0 170 4.52 4.25 38 35.2 106.2
Austin Mack 2016 WR 6-1.0 206 4.5 4.12 34 31.6 106.2
Theo Howard 2016 WR 5-11.5 174 4.53 4.37 37.5 38.1 105.84
Devin Asiasi 2016 TE 6-2.5 271 4.92 4.43 41 28.7 105.84
Jordan Parker 2016 DB 5-10.0 182 4.49 4.27 35 36.9 105.51
Nate Craig Myers 2016 WR 6-3.0 208 4.5 4.49 39 33.3 105.48
Freddie Swain 2016 WR 6-0.0 177 4.54 4.37 39 35.7 104.79
David Long Jr. 2016 DB 5-10.0 176 4.56 4.11 36 33.6 103.95
Shane Simmons 2016 DL 6-4.0 227 4.78 4.01 34 30.7 103.41
Demario Mc Call 2016 RB 5-8.0 176 4.46 4.13 32 34.9 103.38
Curtis Robinson 2016 LB 6-2.0 208 4.72 4.4 40.5 32.2 103.29
Ben Davis 2016 LB 6-3.0 237 4.94 4.54 40 36 103.2
Rashard Lawrence 2016 DL 6-2.0 309 5.21 4.7 42.5 29 102.93
Caleb Roddy 2016 DL 6-4.0 255 4.94 4.38 39 32 102.81
Elijah Stove 2016 WR 5-11.5 171 4.5 4.41 39 35 102.63
Lyndell Wilson 2016 LB 6-0.5 236 4.85 4.55 42.5 31.5 102.6
Mctelvin Agim 2016 DL 6-2.5 267 4.88 4.54 39 32 102.27
Trayvon Mullen 2016 DB 6-1.5 167 4.52 4.24 36 35 101.49
Brandon Burton 2016 DB 6-1.5 187 4.66 4.25 38 33.1 100.71
Jackie Jones 2016 DB 5-10.0 157 4.59 4.26 39 34.6 100.5
Tony Jones Jr. 2016 RB 5-11.0 210 4.68 4.41 40 31.1 100.23
Rahshun Smith 2016 LB 6-2.0 239 4.7 4.26 35 30.9 100.08
Krys Barnes 2016 LB 6-1.5 214 4.74 4.39 40 31.2 100.02
Brian Burns 2016 DL 6-4.0 213 4.76 4.23 38.5 30.4 99.84
Binjimen Victor 2016 WR 6-4.5 173 4.62 4.65 41 35.3 99.27
Chase Claypool 2016 WR 6-5.5 214 4.66 4.31 33.5 35.1 99.21
A.J. Brown 2016 WR 5-11.0 214 4.52 4.43 38 27.9 97.86
Keandre Jones 2016 LB 6-1.0 202 4.62 4.26 32 35.5 97.68
Dexter Lawrence Ii 2016 DL 6-4.0 330 5.08 4.81 43 22 97.44
Isaac Nauta 2016 TE 6-4.0 237 4.9 4.53 43 28.7 97.05
Devin Bush Jr. 2016 LB 5-9.0 227 4.65 4.68 40 30.8 97.02
Shea Patterson 2016 QB 6-1.0 197 4.86 4.24 39 32 96.3
Feleipe Franks 2016 QB 6-5.5 219 4.94 4.41 43 29 96.24
Byron Murphy 2016 DB 5-10.0 163 4.63 4.12 35 33.2 96
Landon Dickerson 2016 OL 6-5.0 293 5.17 4.95 45 28.1 95.85
Kalakaua Timoteo 2016 WR 6-2.0 195 4.84 4.26 39.5 31.3 95.37
Shane Buechele 2016 QB 6-1.0 185 4.8 4.24 36 35.4 95.04
Jordan Fuller 2016 DB 6-1.5 197 4.59 4.54 36.5 34.4 94.41
Saivion Smith 2016 DB 6-1.0 183 4.62 4.41 35 36.1 94.05
Jake Zembiec 2016 QB 6-3.0 207 4.95 4.43 39 34.8 93.57
Erick Fowler 2016 DL 6-1.0 233 4.77 4.41 36 30.7 92.52
Jonathon Cooper 2016 DL 6-3.0 238 4.79 4.4 35 30 90.69
Jawon Pass 2016 QB 6-4.0 211 4.73 4.83 40 32 89.82
Michael Onwenu 2016 OL 6-3.5 370 5.48 4.96 40 22.3 89.22
Brandon Peters 2016 QB 6-4.5 209 4.81 4.39 36 31.5 88.26
Mark Jackson 2016 DL 6-1.5 223 4.71 4.65 33.5 34.3 87.66
Miller Forristall 2016 TE 6-5.0 210 4.87 4.38 37 30.5 87.51
Greg Little 2016 OL 6-6.0 318 5.75 4.7 37.5 26.1 86.1
Frederick Mauigoa 2016 OL 6-3.5 290 5.43 4.68 36 31.5 85.92
Johncarlo Valentin 2016 OL 6-3.0 341 5.46 5.02 39 28.9 85.8
Tommy Kraemer 2016 OL 6-5.5 308 5.46 4.97 42 23.5 85.59
Jonathan Jones 2016 LB 5-11.0 209 4.68 4.67 32.4 35.5 85.41
Jett Duffey 2016 QB 5-11.5 176 4.64 4.38 33 32.9 85.11
Brett Heggie 2016 OL 6-3.5 302 5.45 4.85 41 23.9 85.08
Jamel Cook 2016 DB 6-4.0 192 4.68 4.54 37 30.3 84.84
Jake Hausmann 2016 TE 6-4.5 239 5.07 4.4 36 29.7 84.57
Kaden Smith 2016 TE 6-5.0 242 4.95 4.55 37.5 27 82.29
Darnell Salomon 2016 WR 6-2.0 206 4.68 4.55 35 29.3 82.26
Taleni Suhren 2016 OL 6-3.5 279 5.41 4.84 42 23.4 81.24
Austin Myers 2016 OL 6-4.5 302 5.43 4.85 40 23.6 80.37
Baveon Johnson 2016 OL 6-4.0 340 5.62 5.02 38 22.3 79.86
Mike Panasiuk 2016 DL 6-2.0 276 5.16 4.66 37 26.1 79.86
Drake Jackson 2016 OL 6-1.5 301 5.61 4.83 39.5 24.9 79.77
Derrick Brown 2016 DL 6-4.0 322 5.34 4.98 36 24.2 78.15
Terrance Davis 2016 OL 6-2.0 311 5.52 4.95 40.5 20.5 77.64
Sean Pollard 2016 OL 6-5.5 287 5.58 4.69 38.5 24.9 77.31
Malik Henry 2016 QB 6-2.0 184 4.93 4.42 35 31.5 76.5
Traveon Beck 2016 DB 5-8.0 155 4.74 4.42 31 34.9 75.03
Nick Starkel 2016 QB 6-3.5 182 5.06 4.83 42 27.3 73.77
Anthony Russo 2016 QB 6-2.5 225 5.11 4.82 39 27.1 71.97
Michael Eletise 2016 OL 6-2.5 300 5.29 4.96 33 25.6 70.8
Patrick O Brien 2016 QB 6-4.0 225 5.17 4.82 37 28.5 69.39
Trey Smith 2017 OL 6-3.5 278 5.36 4.85 35 25.5 68.61
Antwuan Jackson 2016 DL 6-1.0 305 5.27 4.99 33 21.7 64.29
Dillon Sterling Cole 2016 QB 6-3.0 191 4.84 4.66 30 30.9 64.26
Tyler Vaughns 2016 WR 6-3.0 180
Trevon Sidney 2016 WR 5-10.5 164 4.39 38 34.3
Andraez Williams 2016 DB
Boss Tagaloa 2016 DL 6-1.0 300 4.93 37
Brandon Mc Ilwain 2016 QB 5-11.5 193 36.5
Caleb Kelly 2016 LB 6-4.0 219 4.4 41 33.7
Calvin Ashley 2017 OL 6-6.0 310 5.02 33 25.4
Christian Wallace 2016 DB
Connor Murphy 2016 DL 6-6.5 246
Dandre Swift 2017 RB 5-9.0 204
De Angelo Gibbs 2017 DB
Dontavious Jackson 2016 LB
Dwayne Haskins 2016 QB 6-3.0 204
Dylan Moses 2017 RB
E.J. Price 2016 OL 6-5.0 324 4.85 37
Trevon Diggs 2016 WR
Eric Cuffee 2016 DB 5-10.0 189 4.65
Frank Martin Ii 2016 OL 6-4.0 302 5.04
Jack Anderson 2017 OL 6-3.5 285
Jacob Eason 2016 QB 6-5.5 217
Joejuan Williams 2016 DB 6-3.0
Julian Rochester 2016 DL 6-5.0 335 5.47 4.82 25.6
K.J. Costello 2016 QB 6-4.5 213
Khalil Ladler 2016 DB
La'mar Winston Jr. 2016 LB 6-1.5
Markail Benton 2017 LB
Messiah Deweaver 2016 QB 6-3.0 216 4.65 39 24.2
Najee Harris 2017 RB 6-1.0 217 33
Naseir Upshur 2016 TE 6-1.0 239
Nigel Warrior 2016 DB 5-11.0 188 4.53 35 37.9
Raekwon Davis 2016 DL 6-7.0 318 4.83 41 25.8
Rashan Gary 2016 DL
Stephen Sullivan 2016 WR
Tre Bryant 2016 RB
Elijah Holyfield 2016 RB 5-10.0 204

The Opening - Linebacker Rankings

Jeffrey Mc Culloch 2016 LB 6-1.0 229 4.72 4 41 38 138.3
Carter Coughlin 2016 LB 6-2.5 211 4.53 4.21 42.5 36.6 128.55
Camilo Eifler 2016 LB 6-0.5 214 4.66 4.54 41 40.2 120.03
Mique Juarez 2016 LB 6-1.5 226 4.69 4.42 42 34.1 113.7
Jaquan Yulee 2016 LB 6-1.0 249 4.73 4.4 42 30.2 111.93
Aaron Hansford 2016 LB 6-3.0 209 4.47 4.41 38.5 34.6 110.58
Daelin Hayes 2016 LB 6-4.0 249 4.84 4.41 41.5 31.2 109.08
Curtis Robinson 2016 LB 6-2.0 208 4.72 4.4 40.5 32.2 103.29
Ben Davis 2016 LB 6-3.0 237 4.94 4.54 40 36 103.2
Lyndell Wilson 2016 LB 6-0.5 236 4.85 4.55 42.5 31.5 102.6
Rahshun Smith 2016 LB 6-2.0 239 4.7 4.26 35 30.9 100.08
Krys Barnes 2016 LB 6-1.5 214 4.74 4.39 40 31.2 100.02
Keandre Jones 2016 LB 6-1.0 202 4.62 4.26 32 35.5 97.68
Devin Bush Jr. 2016 LB 5-9.0 227 4.65 4.68 40 30.8 97.02
Jonathan Jones 2016 LB 5-11.0 209 4.68 4.67 32.4 35.5 85.41
Caleb Kelly 2016 LB 6-4.0 219 4.4 41 33.7
Dontavious Jackson 2016 LB
La'mar Winston Jr. 2016 LB 6-1.5
Markail Benton 2017 LB