The state of Illinois was commitment central a few days ago when three of its top prospects – Ian Bunting, Daniel Helm, and Nic Weishar -- all pledged to schools within hours of one another. It was the apparent culmination of a race to see who would decide first since they were all considering a few of the same schools, some of which had limited space in their respective classes. The decision timetables of a number of other Michigan targets have been similarly affected. One that definitely won’t be, however, is that of Bolingbrook (IL) defensive back, Parrker Westphal. The four-star prospect is determined to move his recruitment along at his pace. That’s why during his recent visit to Ann Arbor a decision timeline wasn’t even brought up.
“They didn’t try to pressure me into anything,” Westphal stated. “We were just hanging out. They didn’t mention anything like that.”
Next on the itinerary are visits to Florida May 11th and Arizona State on May 18th. Return visits to other suitors during the summer could also follow. It’s all in keeping with his plan to put the lesson’s learned from his big brother’s recruitment to good use.
“Seeing my brother have to go through as soon as he got (to college) his coach was leaving… I just want coaching stability,” Westphal explained. “That’ll be one of the main things I look at because I don’t want go to a school, the coach leaves, and then for the next four years I hate the place.”
“Whenever I feel comfortable I’ll make a decision. Whenever I get that feeling.”
Michigan’s coaching staff continues to put forth extensive effort to generate that feeling. On the heels of his strong visit to Ann Arbor last weekend, the Wolverines returned the favor by dropping by his school Thursday. While he isn’t ready to name the Maize & Blue his leader, Westphal acknowledged that they are among those in strong consideration for that distinction.
Said Westphal, “I don’t have my group of favorites yet, but I’m sure if I had my top five, top 10, or top three or whatever… Michigan would be in it.”
They may eventually be more than “in it” if Westphal’s grandparents have anything to say about. They escorted their grandson on the latest trip to Ann Arbor and came away extremely impressed.
“I feel like they’re a little biased because it was their first visit and they loved it,” Westphal said laughingly. “I might have to (get them out on other visits) now because my grandma is in my ear. They really appreciated the academic stuff that (Michigan) offered. (They also appreciated) the academic advisors and them worrying about your future for you as well, and not just football.”