Parrker Westphal had one of the most whirlwind springs of any junior in the state, if not the Midwest. He turned into a household name, garnering a slew of offers in a month's time from big schools all across the country. But Westphal doesn't let any of that go to his head. Instead, he's kept a humble attitude about everything, just like his quarterback.
But other teams are well-aware of Westphal's abilities at corner are, and sometimes he wishes the opposing team would challenge him a little more often.
"I have teammates to help me out," he said "but it's a lot of fun. I lock down my side of the field between me and my safety."
As a team, the pressure is on, but the junior handles it very well and stays focused on the task at hand.
"I don't really feel a target on our back," he said. "I just take it game by game and try to get better."
It's obvious after watching Westphal that he was committed to improvement over the offseason. Not only is he in better shape physically, his ball skills have come a long way.
"I've really stepped up my speed, size, strength, and awareness on the ball," said Westphal. "I still need to improve everything from shedding blocks, to footwork, to making pre-snap reads."
One other advantage he and the rest of his Bolingbrook defense has over other programs is the opportunity to face a potent offense in practice every day.
"It makes us way better," he said. "We get to face one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, so it's wonderful for our defense."
Westphal saw a number of verbal offers come his way this spring, but rather than get caught up in the spotlight, he stayed grounded and moved on with business as usual.
"All the schools that have offered me stand out" he said nonchalantly. "I have offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Northwestern, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Florida, Indiana, Purdue, West Virginia, and Cincinnati. I didn't really pay much attention when those all came in though. I was focused on my team and getting better."
While Westphal hasn't made too many plans for visits yet, he does have one in mind already.
"I'm trying to get down to Florida sometime this fall," he said. "I just want to see the campus and Antonio Morrison is a close friend. Other than that I don't really have any visits closer to home planned yet."