August 5, 2012

Top 2014 DB enjoys MSU visit

One of the top football recruits in the nation for the class of 2014 will be Parrker Westphal of Bolingbrook High School in Illinois. SpartanMag.com spoke the 6-foot-1, 186-pound defensive back prospect and got some details on his visit to East Lansing.

Westphal already has an impressive list of scholarship offers on the table. In addition to Michigan State he also has offers from other top programs such as Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida and Iowa. He will likely be a rivals 100 prospect and at minimum a high 4-star recruit. He talked with SpartanMag.com about his visit to East Lansing.

"I liked it at Michigan State," he said. "I liked the stadium, the weight room and the practice fields. I also like how Coach Dantonio has turned the program around there."

Before Coach Dantonio the Spartans had gone to 2 bowl games in 6 years. Since he arrived, the Spartans have never missed a bowl game and Michigan State is the winningest team in the Big Ten over the last 4-years.

Westphal is one of those unique prospects that has the speed to play the cornerback position, but also has the strength and hitting ability to also play safety. That is one of the reason why he is such a highly sought after player. No matter what position he ends up playing he has the skills to excel. Westphal talked about speaking with the Spartan coaches while he was on campus.

"I was able to speak with Coach (Harlon) Barnett and that was good," he stated. "I got to see how he operates during practice and in the film room. I also spent a lot of time speaking with the Defensive Coordinator (Pat Narduzzi) and was able to eat dinner with Coach Dantonio."

The fact that the Spartans have been putting pretty much the entire secondary on the All-Big Ten team the last few seasons certainly cannot hurt their chances with a player of Westphal's ability. This year should be no different as Isaiah Lewis and Johnny Adams are both projected to be repeat selections. Westphal is the type of player that will be expected to come in and contribute early on, no matter what schools he attends.

Westphal indicated that he is not in a hurry to make his college choice. He has been trying to unofficially visit several schools this summer so he can focus on his team this fall. Bolingbrook is the defending Illinois State Champion and Westphal would like nothing better than to help his team to a repeat performance.

Westphal does hope to attend a few college games this fall if his schedule permits. The Notre Dame vs. Michigan State game is a possibility, but Bolingbrook does have a game earlier that day (September 15th). Look for Coach Dantonio and his staff to invite Westphal up to East Lansing when the Spartans take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow Westphal's junior campaign and his recruitment this fall.


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