With the early success in the 2013 recruiting class, the Michigan football staff has had the opportunity to put out more offers in the 2014 class. One area on which it has focused its efforts in is the secondary, where they've already handed out five offers.
Cornerback Parrker Westphal (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) is one of the players whom the Wolverines keyed in on early. The 6-foot, 180-pound Westphal has already picked up 11 offers, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and Notre Dame.
Westphal started as a freshman on the Bolingbrook varsity squad, but coach John Ivlow knew about the talented youngster long before that.
Parrker's older brother Brandon played safety on the varsity team before being recruited to Illinois State, and when the boys' father would drop Brandon off at practice, he'd also drop off Parrker's highlight reels from youth football.
"The little brothers [of the players] would come up in summer camp and hang out in the weight room and around the practice fields," Ivlow said. "But Parrker, he has been around since he was 8 or 9, and you could tell then he'd be special."