The signing of Eden Prairie linebacker Carter Coughlin is a true indicator that the Gophers' football program has finally arrived. Coughlin, a sideline-to-sideline tackling machine for the best high school football program in the state, was heavily recruited by national powers Oregon and Ohio State. Instead, he chose to play for the merry rodents of Dinkytown. Yes, his dad played defensive line for the Gophers, his mom was an All-Big 10 tennis player for the school, and his grandpa once served as athletic director. But Minnesota has long served as easy recruiting grounds for out-of-state schools. If we have to invoke a little family history to finally land a top recruit, at least it's a start.