Profile for 2014 U of M Recruit Parrker Westphal

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Name: Parrker Westphal

Position: Cornerback

Height & Weight: 6’0” 180 lbs.

High School: Bolingbrook Raiders (IL)

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HIGHLIGHTS

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NOTE

Secondary coach at Bolingbrook H.S. is former Michigan DB Todd Howard

QUOTES

Strengths & Weaknesses: “Teams have told my coaches that they love the pace of my game. They like my ability to backpedal, my footwork and my size/strength/speed combo. I truly try to make myself believe that all of my attributes are weaknesses so that I can continue to work on them. Things like learning how to diagnose plays, improving my zone coverage abilities, just general awareness on the field. I was going to say that it was shedding blocks, but I’ve worked really hard on that part of my game and I would consider it a strength now.”

On visit to Michigan: “It was jaw-dropping. I saw the facilities, learned about the academics, and met with the coaches. My dad and my brother had the same reaction as me — they were speechless. Everything there is so modern.”

Which offer meant the most: “My very first offer (West Virginia) I would say meant the most, because they were the first school.”

ANALYSIS

Allen Treiu, Scout.com: “Right now he has a chance to be the top player in Illinois, although it’s a strong group with four or five potential number one guys. He’s definitely a top-10 guy in the Midwest.”

Jon Jennings, UMGoBlog.com: “Very physical corner who plays zone defense very well. Westphal is great against the run and is not scared to lower his shoulder and deliver a blow. He is the type of corner who will beat up a wide receiver over the course of a game and shut him down mentally. In zone coverage, he understands how to pass receivers into other zones riding the wide receivers hip until it is time to bail. Parrker does a great job anticipating plays and stays discipline in his coverage.”

Todd Howard, Bolingbrook DB Coach and former Wolverine (98-01):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 is no doubt that he’ll reach his full potential.”

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