Westphal an Elite Cornerback Prospect

I've been scouting and covering football recruiting in Illinois for 15 years and I didn't think I'd ever see a cornerback in Illinois as good as former Rich East and Ohio State cornerback Richard McNutt. That's until Bolingbrook's Parrker Westphal burst onto the scene as a freshman.

Bolingbrook High School earned their first state championship this past Saturday with a 21-17 win over Loyola Academy. One of the bright spots for the Raiders was sophomore cornerback Parrker Westphal, who will be one of the most sought after prospects in the 2014 class.

Bolingbrook had one of the best defenses in the state this year. The defensive backs are always a strength for "The Brook" and former Raider and Michigan Wolverine cornerback Todd Howard coaches them.

"Coach Howard is tough on us in practice," Parker Westphal said. "He stresses fundamentals and technique and expects the best out of us all the time. It's great to have a coach who has played at a high level, teaching us. We play with a lot of confidence."

"Parker is a physical specimen," said Bolingbrook defensive backs coach Todd Howard. "He's one of the taller kids on the team at almost 6-1. I think he grew an inch and a half this season alone.

"With Parrker's size, he has extreme athletic ability. He's been around football his entire life. He used to hang around our practices when his older brother (Brandon Westphal now playing at Illinois State) played here so his football IQ is better than most of the kids on our team.

"Parrker is very coachable and he's a quick learner. When he fully develops and understands the things that he's capable of, he will be a phenomenal player. I really don't think Parrker knows how good he can be but with his work-ethic, there will be know doubt that he'll reach his full potential."

Parrker Westphal was moved to the varsity as freshman and started three games. This past season he started every game at corner and flourished. He had 55 tackles and 11-batted balls.

"Coach Howard calls me the ‘Honey Badger', Westphal said. "Like Tyron Mathieu from LSU. I'm aggressive. I like to tackle but I also like to cover. I feel I can cover anyone man-to-man."

Westphal faced his biggest test of the year in the state championship game against Loyola's top receiver Charlie Dowdle. The Ramblers threw Dowdle's way all night long trying to take advantage of the sophomore but Westphal was up to the task and Dowdle didn't have a single catch the entire night.

Westphal also made several open field tackles and could arguably been named player-of-the-game if it weren't for junior sensation Aaron Bailey.

With the cornerback position at a premium, especially lock-down corners in the Midwest, Parrker Westphal will be in high demand.

"Westphal is a sure D-1, blue-chip prospect, said Bolingbrook coach John Ivlow. "Parrker has all the tools to be a major D-1 prospect. He has the athletic ability and skill set at cornerback that you don't see very much.

"Parrker has great hips, he's tough, tackles well and loves to be challenged. The bigger the challenge, the better he is. In my honest opinion, Parrker is good enough to play at any school in the country."

Which schools are at the top of Westphal's wish list?

"I've always liked Penn State," said the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder. "I don't know about Penn State now with all the stuff going on there but I've always liked their defense. Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern are others that I like a lot."

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