Defensive back Parrker Westphal (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) is one of eleven defensive backs in the 2014 class to be offered by Michigan. He and his father, Brian, have already seen Michigan in person, but the Big House BBQ gave them a closer look at the program.
"It wasn't really anything new, it was kind of the same as before but it was better," Westphal's father said. "It was more involved, and it was definitely good to get one on one time with the coaches and we got to meet everyone's families. It was really neat and we worked on building that bond."
This wasn't the only BBQ that the Westphals have attended either, as Nebraska put on a similar event recently as well. The Nebraska trip was different in the sense that the Westphals felt it was more geared towards the 2013 prospects.
As plenty of other prospects have said, Westphal felt as though this visit was a relaxed way for him to get to know Michigan's coaching staff and be around the program.
"I already felt comfortable there, but yeah it made me feel more comfortable," he said. "The best part was just being able to eat all that food; I was hungry. They had pulled pork, ribs, spaghetti, muffins and cookies and I ate it all."
While the food was the highlight, Westphal said he enjoyed talking with the coaches and being around the other prospects as well.
This visit might have been the last of the summer for the talented defensive back since his season is nearing. The family would like to get out to West Virginia, Michigan State and Florida before sitting down to talk about any leaders. That might not be possible before the season, but they will be playing it by ear.
"If we had a few more months before camp started I would probably think in the next couple months we could weed through everything," Mr. Westphal said. "Camp starts soon so it's going to get serious with his school. We'll talk to his coaches and see what he's comfortable with and if we can do some visits."
If they aren't able to take any more visits without interfering with Westphal's schooling and football team then they plan on waiting to take those trips in November or December. Once those are done is when talk of a decision will get more serious.
"These visits was the fluff stuff for us, building the bond and having communication," his dad said. "Once Parrker has seen the schools he wants to see then we can sit down and talk about actual football. It will be about who really sees him in their program, who wants him the most and who he wants the most."