In what seemed like the blink of an eye, Bolingbrook class of 2014 cornerback Parrker Westphal went from no offers, to several, and now stands at 11. The schools aren't anything to sneeze at either, as Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, West Virginia, Michigan State, Indiana, Cincinnati, Nebraska and Notre Dame have all extended offers his way,
"I was excited and shocked having all those offers at once," he said. "I was happy."
At 6'0, 175-lbs with track speed, Westphal is likely going to have even more by the time he's ready to make a decision. However, with track season in full force, he is not even sure about where and if he will camp this summer, let alone making a decision, and he says he has no favorites as of now.
"I haven't really thought about that yet," he said of summer camps. "I don't know yet. I'll wait until summer starts [to decide]."
Schools have made Bolingbrook a frequent stop, not just for Westphal, but for the many propsects at the school. He is a main focus though, and several more coaches have been by this week.
"Florida, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and that's about it this week. I haven't really talked to any coaches yet, I'm waiting until after summer starts. I've been to college games to see my brother play, he's an outside linebacker at Illinois State, but I've never been on an actual visit."
Westphal does have some people around him with knowledge of some of the schools on his list. Position coach Todd Howard played at Michigan, teammate Aaron Bailey is commmitted to Illinois, and former teammate Antonio Morrison, is now down at Florida.
"[Coach Howard] gave me all the good stuff and the bad stuff about Michigan, so I got all the background information on them. Aaron's been playing around a lot, dropping little hints to go to Illinois, and Antonio talked to me a little about Florida."
When it comes to making a decision, Westphal says he is looking at "academic standards, graduation rates, [are they a] national contender, and a good football team."
That much he knows, but when, who and how, he still has plenty of time to figure those out.
"I'll just let it play out."