The Golden State of California has been known as the hot spot if your team was in need of a quarterback. One quarterback who has a chance at being one of the state's best for the class of 2006 is Mike Coughlin (6-5, 205, 4.99) from San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa.
Coughlin impressed onlookers at the NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles last April.
"That's the guy," Venice coach Angelo Gasca said about Coughlin while working the camp. "He has good size and he can throw."
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"That's the guy who has done the best today," Gasca said. "He's accurate and has a very strong arm."
Gasca knows quarterbacks he coached NFL first-round draft choice J.P. Losman when he was in high school.
As a junior, Coughlin threw for 1,760 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Mira Mesa was a very popular spot this past May. Idaho, Idaho State, Boston College, Boise State, Washington State, Oregon, Vandy, USC, UTEP, Utah, LSU and Colorado.
Colorado, Washington State, Idaho, Idaho State, Boise State, LSU and Boston College all called Coughlin this past May.
Colorado could be on the verge of offering Coughlin a scholie.
"I tried to call Colorado today," Coughlin said. "I wasn't able to get in touch with them but they have shown a lot of interest."
The scouting report on Coughlin is he has a great attitude and a great work ethic to go with it.
Coughlin also possesses a strong and accurate arm. He is also strong in the leadership department and that is something that is very important for all successful quarterbacks to have.
"I am most interested in going to a school that is great athletically and academically," Coughlin said. "A good campus life is also very important."
"I am also interested in the schools coaching staff," Coughlin said. "I want to play for a coach that I will have a good relationship with after all I will be playing for them for four or five years."
Coughlin has had two impressive outings at the Arizona and Colorado camps.