Brief Update: Parrker Westphal

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Parrker Westphal is a 2014 4* DB prospect from Illinois that is high on Michigan’s list. The consensus says that Westphal has a definite possibility of obtaining that fifth star– and I can’t see why that won’t be a definite thing.

I spoke with Westphal to get an update on his recruitment and where Michigan currently stands.

On his recruitment: He says everything is going good. Also, a lot of coaches have been stopping by to see him lately.
On Michigan: I don’t have a leader yet. But Michigan has been the standard of which I compare schools. They have a strong academic program, I believe they’re ranked 12th academically in the nation. They’ve got good coaching experience as well. Coach Hoke was a coach there when my current DB coach Todd Howard attended Michigan. The atmosphere on gameday is amazing and they’ve got a great fan base. The facilities and study tables are great. They’ve got a nice weight room, indoor practice field, and the access to tutors or just a place to study alone is nice.
– I asked if there were any schools that had gotten close to the “Michigan standard” and he said that there were some that were close. I then went further and jokingly said that no school has exceeded this standard and that’s a positive for Michigan. Westphal agreed but said all schools are still fairly even.
On whether or not DB coach Todd Howard has been in his ear about a commitment: “He hasn’t said anything about committing, just that it would be nice to see his protege in maize and blue.”
On his timeline for commitment: Westphal responded, “sooner rather than later (laughs)”.
– He wouldn’t give any top schools, continuing to say that all schools were even. He also plans to visit Michigan again in the next month or so.

With all that being said, I can come away confident that Michigan has an excellent chance to land Westphal in the 2014 class. There is overwhelming evidence that weighs heavily in Michigan’s corner; Todd Howard, the Michigan standard of visits, and the way he spoke glowingly about the campus.

I will catch up with Westphal after his visit and see where he is at in his recruitment.

Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.