Michigan Coaches Make Impression on Westphal

The Michigan coaching staff set the visit bar extremely high when it hosted Bolingbrook, IL DB Parrker Westphal on an unofficial visit back in June. The talented youngster's return trip to Ann Arbor Sunday didn't involve as much pomp & circumstance, but the Barbecue at the Big House was designed to do.

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“It was like the same visit I took earlier, but a lot more informal,” Westphal said.    “It was nothing really new other than being able to communicate with everybody else.  I got to talk to other recruits.  I got to eat and talk to coaches.  It was a good visit like the last one.  The barbecue was good.  I can’t give it a top ranking, but it was good (laughter).”

As was the case with numerous other prospects in attendance, Westphal found the chance to get to know his prospective coaches to be the most appealing aspect of the trip.

“We didn’t talk much football,” he said.  “We talked about academics and how I’m going to do this season. They told me to have a great season. Coach Mattison was just telling my DB coach to blitz me a lot more this season.  I’ve been saying the same thing (laughter)."

“The coaches were really good, nice people.  He coached for the Ravens, but he is a real humble guy.  He is not one of those arrogant coaches.”

When time came to talk recruiting, the conversation was brief and to the point.

Said Westphal “Coach Heck was telling me he doesn’t want me to commit now because it’s too early.  He just wants me to take my time.”

Many of Michigan’s commitments have been the Maize & Blue’s most aggressive recruiters, but at Sunday’s relaxed event the approach was much more low key.

“I got to talk to Channing Stribling,” recalled Westphal.  “Me and him talked most of the time, but he didn’t do a lot of recruiting.  A couple of other guys did say why haven’t I committed yet, but they were just joking around.”

All in all is was another positive Michigan experience for one of the nation’s top juniors… one that solidified the Wolverines’ standing in his recruitment as opposed to improving it.

“I already knew it was a nice place,” stated Westphal.  “I don’t have a top list, but it’s not difficult (figuring out which ones will be on it).  If I don’t like a school, I don’t like a school.  (The Wolverines) still have a chance.”

With 14 offers now to his credit the Bolingbrook star insists he won’t begin thinking about trimming his list until he sees a few more schools.

“I think we might visit Michigan State, Florida, or West Virginia,” he reported.  “At least one of those before the season.”

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for much more on Westphal in the coming days and weeks.

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