Westphal enjoys Florida viist

This time of the year, it’s rare to see a prospect visit a college campus with spring football going on around the country.

But this weekend, the Gators hosted Bolingbrook (Ill.) High cornerback Parker Westphal who was accompanied by his father.

“It was great,” Westphal said. “I loved the campus and how it’s set up. Everything necessary for an athlete is all around the same area on campus. The visit helped out a lot, it gave me the opportunity to get to know the coaches on a more personal basis, as well as them being able to get know me as more than just a player on film wearing the number 21.”

For the 6-foot, 186-pound Westphal, spending time with the coaching staff was the highlight of the trip for him.

“Coach Robinson and I got along extremely well,” Westphal said. “He is just like my DB coach but just coaching at a higher level. While on my visit, coach Robinson and Durkin showed me their defense and the schemes that they run. They also tested me on the coverages they showed me. Coach Robinson said he was impressed and that not many high school players, let alone some college players, aren’t able to comprehend what they showed me. So he said he was even more fired up to try and get me to be a gator.”

Heading into the visit, Westphal had no favorites but did say the Gators moved up for him after the visit. He also mentioned that Florida plans to visit him back in Illinois as well.

“Florida will definitely make the cut, when I narrow things down,” Westphal said. “Coach Robinson said that he will be up to see a couple of my games in the fal andl that he will be up to see me soon.”

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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.