National Signing Day: Carpenter, Coughlin to play at the next level

From left, Chris Carpenter (Colorado University, football) and Cooper Coughlin (Jacksonville College, soccer) are pictured during National Signing Day ceremonies that took place inside the Jacksonville High School Auditorium on Wednesday afternoon.

A pair of Fightin' Indian student athletes took part in National Signing Day at Jacksonville High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Cooper Coughlin (soccer) and Chris Carpenter (football) were the men seated at the signing table.

Coughlin signed a letter of intent to attend Jacksonville College, where he will join the Jaguar soccer team, that is coached by Jacksonville High School graduate Martin Melchor, while continuing his education.

“It's an exciting day for me,” Coughlin said. “I look at it as a new chapter in my life, new friends, new opportunities and new challenges.”

Coughlin said that he hopes to parlay his time at JC to a four-year college and possibly even play professional soccer one day.

He said he could envision himself owning his own business in the future as another possible option.

Coughlin, an all-district team member, is coached by Rudy Jaramillo at Jacksonville.

Carpenter, a three-star wide receiver, signed with Colorado University of the Pac 12 Conference during the early signing period in December 2019.

With offers from Power 5 schools including Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Oregon and Virginia to choose from, Carpenter said deciding on becoming a Buffalo was an easy decision.

“When I visited the campus and met some of the players and the Colorado coaches, it was like I had never left Texas,” Carpenter said. “Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. I really felt I would fit in good at Colorado.”

Colorado is coached by Mel Tucker, who just finished his first season as head coach in Boulder.

Carpenter said that he is looking forward to playing for Tucker.

“Coach Tucker has coached in the NFL and he is a good coach,” he said. “I can't wait to get up there and get to work.”


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