Wide receiver David Coggins (Waterbury, Conn./Sacred Heart) was on just about every school's radar after he caught 78 passes for 1,427 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore, but he probably felt like a forgotten man last season.
Coggins, a junior, suffered a broken ankle in a preseason scrimmage last year and missed the entire season. He's still not at 100 percent.
“It still hurts a little bit, but not too bad,” Coggins said. “I plan to run track in the spring.”
Coggins received his only scholarship offer from Boston College last July, after he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds at the BC camp.
“Boston College said their offer still stands,” Sacred Heart coach Chris Ortiz said. “That's the school he hears from the most. Schools like UConn and Syracuse said they'd like to see him run some routes at one of their one-day camps before they offer. He's still getting letters and camp invites from places like Nebraska, Auburn, Tennessee and Penn State.
“Everyone I've talked to, the doctors and trainers, said because it was just a break and there was no ligament damage he should be back to 100 percent. Because it was a clean break the bone should heal.”
Coggins has also been used as a defensive back and a kick-returner in high school, but said he expects to be recruited primarily as a wide receiver. He's made 139 receptions for 2,256 yards and 17 TDs in his two years of varsity football.
“I'm still receiving letters from a lot of schools,” Coggins said. “Once I'm 100 percent I'll do some camps just to show everyone I'm healthy.”