Bolingbrook (Ill.) cornerback Parrker Westphal / Courtesy of Rivals.com
When Michigan offered Bolingbrook (Ill.) sophomore cornerback Parrker Westphal, they were just the second team to do so, joining West Virginia. Just a couple weeks later, Westphal is one of the hottest sophomore recruits in the nation, gaining offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida, among others. In fact, the offers are coming in so quickly, he can hardly keep track of who has extended one.
“Michigan, Purdue, Florida, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa,” Westphal said. “It’s already getting to where I forget a couple of them.”
Westphal’s 6-foot-1, 181-pound frame and excellent athleticism have college coaches hot on his trail. He is one of just a few 2014 prospects with double-digit offers and more are likely to come.
With so many options already, it’s easy for Westphal, nearly two years away from signing a national letter of intent, to start the decision-making process now. To cut down his list, the family is planning on making some campus visits this summer, including one to U-M.
“It’ll be definitely this summer,” said his father, Brian. “We just want to try to get him visits as we can, where it doesn’t interfere with football, and try and get rid of the distraction.
“If he doesn’t make a decision down the road for a long time, that’s going to be a big distraction for a long time.”
Parrker is most interested in visiting U-M, Ohio State and West Virginia this summer. The Wolverines also have a familiar face in their corner when it comes to his recruitment.
Former Michigan defensive back Todd Howard (1998-01) is the secondary coach at Bolingbrook, the school he played for in high school. Despite his love of the Maize and Blue, Howard has stayed mostly neutral in the sophomore's recruiting.
“He said a little bit,” Parrker laughed. “Just that first day they offered me, he talked about Michigan a little bit.”
“I’ve been around him a couple times, and he did have the Michigan hat on,” laughed Brian. “He doesn’t push anything. He said his piece about Michigan, and now it’s up to us to decide.”
With a focus on winning a second consecutive state championship at Bolingbrook, Parrker's college decision should come early. In order to keep it from being a distraction from his junior and senior seasons of high school football, that choice will likely come late this summer or shortly after Westphal’s junior year.
It has been a long trip for juco receiver Corey Smith (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi C.C.), but he is nearing the day he can finally enroll at a Division I school.
Smith is at East Mississippi CC after switching from Grand Rapids CC in Michigan when the football program was shut down.
He will only have to play one season at East Mississippi, though, and he will enroll at a Division I program in January.
- A week or two ago I exchanged texts with Glass that concluded with him telling me he remained committed to Georgia, however, he would be taking visits to Ohio State and Clemson.
- A tweet from Glass last night: @Nick_Glass24 Visiting #OhioState this summer. I'm ready for it.
- I also exchanged a few texts last night with Nick Glass. He informed me that him, Orlando Brown Jr., and Demarre Kitt, all 2014 Georgia high schoolers with Buckeye offers (except Kitt), would be visiting Ohio State on July 9th.
- Glass, Kitt, and Brown will also be visiting Michigan, Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida State, and Tennessee over the summer.
- As always, keep following us for more information on all the recruits.
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How's recruiting going for you right now?
It's going smooth, gets hectic at times because I have so many teams talking to me as I haven't made a commitment, but it's definitely been picking up recently, and is on the rise.
Which schools are standing out to you right now?
Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Pittsburgh, Illinois, NCST, Penn State, and Kentucky of teams that have offered. Ohio State, Tennessee, Oregon, Alabama, Georgia Tech, and Michigan State of schools that haven't offered yet.
Who do you think will be the next to offer?
I think Penn State will be the next to offer. They have been showing a lot of interest, and I am talking to Coach O'Brien tonight, so I think I could get that offer tonight. I feel Georgia Tech also may be close to offering.
NOTE: Penn State just offered. Marcus' new answer to this question is: Michigan State, maybe tomorrow, Coach Tressel is coming to my school tomorrow to watch me lift. After that Georgia Tech and Ohio State.
Where do you plan on camping this summer?
It will obviously be easy to camp at Ohio State because it's just right down the street, but I'm not sure about any other camps right now.
Which Coaches at Ohio State have you been in contact with? What are they telling you in regards to a potential offer?
I've been talking to Coach Fickell and Coach Withers. They've been telling me that when they offer Ohio guys they usually become Buckeyes. I'm not ready to make a commitment; Ohio State is definitely one of the top schools in the country. If they offer, it would be a blessing, as it's the school right down the street from me. With that being said, they wouldn't have me "in-the-bag" if they decide to offer. I think they want to offer me, and could be close to doing so.
What have seen on your visits to Ohio State?
Last time went was for a junior day. I've seen how the defense works; I've also talked to Coach Meyer on visits. He's a great Coach and is all about winning, the players all work really hard for him. I also got to meet the strength Coach and he's all business, and is really helping the current players improve.
What position is Ohio State recruiting you at?
Hybrid safety/outside backer, so the hybrid safety position.
Have they told me how many of your position they'd take in the class?
No, I have not yet found that out, but will probably find out about that soon.
What positions are other schools recruiting you at?
All over the place. Mostly at safety, but NCST is recruiting me at quarterback, then a few schools are recruiting me at wide receiver, and the linebacker/safety hybrid. So an athlete.
Who did you root for growing up?
Growing up, I didn't have a favorite team, but I definitely watched a lot of Ohio State.
Where would you like to visit before you decide?
Arizona State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Michigan. I want to see Michigan because I'd like to see what the opposition of Ohio State is like, I want to hear what people up there have to say about the place I grew up. I also want to visit NCST, Boston College, and Kentucky.
When would you like to make a decision?
I'd like to decide sometime during the season, after I take all 5 of my official visits.
Which schools are in the running for potential official visits?
Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Alabama, Oregon, and LSU.
What will be the biggest factors in your decision?
Academics, relationships with the coaches, and ability to make an instant impact on the field.
What are the strongest aspects of your game?
On offense, I'm a playmaker. On defense I'm also a playmaker and have the advantage of being able to think like a quarterback, so I am able to trick the other team's quarterback, and make big plays as a result.
What would you most like to improve?
Definitely my speed, hitting in space, and making better reads.
What goals do you have next year at your new school?
I recently transferred from Westerville South to Gahanna. My goals are to make it to states, go undefeated, and improve each week.