Westphal has a connection to Florida

While Travaris Robinson was in Maryland visiting cornerbacks, defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin was in Illinois doing the same.

Durkin visited Bolingbrook (Ill.) High cornerback Parrker Westphal Monday morning.

“It was good to see coach Durkin today,” Westphal said. “He was talking to my coach about me visiting Florida soon, which he knows that I plan to visit the second week of May. He told my coach that he is real interested in me and that he wants me to be a Gator. Coach Durkin said that I should feel special because I was the first guy that he visited during the evaluation period.”

Westphal has a special connection to Florida, as one of his good friends is currently a Florida Gator.

“Me and Antonio Morrison have been playing together since my freshman year and we are good friends,” Westphal said. “He tells me that he likes Florida a lot and is always talking to me about them and recruiting me. His dad tells me the same thing. Coach Durkin tells me all the time that if I have any questions about Florida to talk to Antonio about it because he will tell me the truth.”

The 6-foot-1, 186-pound Westphal was being recruited by Bryant Young but he found out on Monday that Durkin would be taking over his recruitment.

Up next for Westphal is his trip to Florida in May. He has already thought about what he wants to see during the trip.

“I want to see the campus and facilities and the coaches,” Westphal said. “I want to see how the everyday life of the students is and what it would be like to be a student on their campus. I’m not worried about the depth chart or anything because I know hard work can earn you spot on the field.”

Westphal says he doesn’t have a leader but that Florida is high up on his list right now.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.