BOLINGBROOK, Ill. – Top247 cornerback Parrker Westphal is nearing his college decision, and whether he’s headed to the SEC or Big Ten, his Bolingbrook (Ill.) High head coach John Ivlow says the next level is getting a heck of a football player.
Could Top247 CB Parrker Westphal stay close to home and pick Northwestern, or will he go the SEC route and choose Vanderbilt?
Westphal has narrowed his list of suitors to Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Arizona State and Michigan State, with the Wildcats and Commodores having the edge. Longtime favorite Michigan could come back into the picture if they decide to pursue the 6-foot, 186-pound Westphal as a safety according to Ivlow.
“He’s gotten bigger, he’s gotten stronger, smarter, he’s always a smart player, faster,” Ivlow started in. “He had a couple lingering things last year. He had a pulled hip flexor last year and it slowed him down a little bit. Now that he’s healthy, he’s a totally different kid. He’s a student of the game, he knows his opponents and I think it showed last week when he played that receiver from Hinsdale Central, (Michigan commit Ian) Bunting. The kid had one catch for about five yards.”
Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 11 cornerback and No. 107 prospect overall, Westphal moved to safety this fall so he could be in the middle of the defense. As a junior, he registered 51 tackles, four forced fumbles and three interceptions. In a state championship run as a junior, Westphal emerged as a national recruit, making 56 tackles, and breaking up 20 passes.
Besides the programs mentioned, Westphal was offered by the likes of Florida, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
“He can play corner, safety, whatever they want him to play,” Ivlow said. “He’s only going to get better. He does a lot of stuff now. He still runs track. Whoever gets him for just football and he doesn’t have to worry about anything else and just concentrate and focus on football, he’s only going to excel that much more.”
This season Westphal has 16 tackles and five pass breakups in helping Bolingbrook begin the year 2-0. Northwestern is the current leader on his 247Sports Crystal Ball.
Dew-Treadway Ready To Make A Name
Mississippi State has already offered junior Micah Dew-Treadway, who has put on 40 pounds since last fall in growing into a defensive tackle prospect.
Last fall, 2016 LB Tuf Borland was a Maxpreps First Team All-American for the freshman class.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Treadway is also hearing from the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Nebraska and Ohio State. He was in Champaign on Saturday for the Illini’s win over Cincinnati.
“Just his size,” Ivlow said. “He just keeps growing and growing. I don’t think he’ll be an end in college. He’s a tackle for us. About 275 for us. He just has to keep improving. He’s a young buck. Once he gets some more in-depth coaching right here at the varsity level and does the techniques he’s taught, he’s going to excel too.
“He’s a solid player. He’s only a junior. He’s a youngster.”
Next In Line
In 2012 it was current Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison and Illinois offensive lineman Robert Bain. The 2013 class from Bolingbrook was headlined by Top247 quarterback and current Illini freshman Aaron Bailey. In 2014 it’s Westphal, in 2015 it’s Dew-Treadway and in 2016 meet Tuf Borland.
Ivlow doesn’t think it will be long before the whole nation knows him.
“He’ll have offers at the end of this year,” Ivlow stated.
A Maxpreps First-Team Freshman All-American last fall, Borland started for Bolingbrook and says he’s already starting to receive interest from a lot of Big Ten programs.
“He’s a smart kid, smart football player and he has size, speed and strength,” Ivlow said.
“He knows exactly what’s going on. He knows where everyone is supposed to line up on both sides of the ball. He’s a student of the game. His dad played major college ball at Wisconsin (Kyle Borland). His uncle is the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin-Whitewater. It’s in his blood.”
Ivlow is also excited about 2015 cornerback Armani McNulty (5-11, 175).
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