Howard played for the Wolverines and that helped his pupil receive that early offer.
"That one's been in the works. I have Michigan ties, I went to Michigan, played there. I talked to a couple of their coaches because he's a guy I thought they'd be interested in. We kept the communication open, they saw him on film, and when you watch him play and take into account how young he is, he's a hard kid to pass up."
What makes Westphal so special? Howard says it is not just one thing.
"He's 6'0, 175-lbs, and just added five pounds of muscle. He's a gym rat. He runs when he doesn't have to run, he works very hard and he's competitive."
What has also helped Westphal attract more attention is the amount of talent that has come through the doors at Bolingbrook.
"Ohio State was in town last week. Tennessee was in town. They're there to see numerous athletes, but I'm sure Parrker had something to do with it too. It speaks to the quality of athletes we've had. We have a good relationship with a lot of colleges. We've had good athletes for the last 15-20 years. It's a good school to go to if you'd like to play at the next level. We have a very talented group. Our quarterback Aaron Bailey just committed to Illinois, and one of our linebackers, Antonio Morrison, graduated early, went down to Florida and I heard he was one of the players of the game in their spring game."
Even with that abundance of talent on the field, it did not take Howard long to pick out Westphal as a future top player.
"I moved him up varsity as a freshman and he didn't play a down, but he did all the drills, competed, sometimes got knocked down, but he always got back up. He didn't get frustrated. He's a self-motivated individual and he can take coaching and constructive criticism. He gets mad at me sometimes, he gives me that look, but with the talent in him, the sky's the limit for Parker. He's not done growing. His hands are huge, he can palm a basketball. His feet are bigger than mine. He has a lot of natural attributes."
As for these schools suddenly offering, Howard can see Westphal following in his footsteps.
"For me, I always said that I wanted to coach and get somebody to go to Michigan. I want our kids to go where they can go, the best choice for them, and where they'll be able to max out their potential. Of course, I'm biased towards Michigan. I pulled Parrker aside before he even enrolled in high school and I said, 'you're going to go to Michigan.' I looked at his dad and said that and they said, 'you think so?' I guess one Wolverine can always pick out another one."
Howard says at this point, because Westphal is running track, he has not set summer camps or visits yet.