Dec. 20, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern Football head coach Pat Fitzgerald announced Friday the commitment and early enrollment of Bolingbrook (Ill.) defensive back Parrker Westphal. The four-star local product will begin school at Northwestern in the upcoming winter quarter and be eligible to participate in spring practice when the Wildcats reconvene in February.
"It was a special moment for Parrker and I when he informed me over the phone of his decision to come to Northwestern," Fitzgerald said. "Parrker is a tremendous young man from a great family and our football program has really enjoyed getting to know them over the last several years. I can't thank head coach John Ivlow and the Bollingbrook administration enough for their assistance throughout this process. Parrker is part of a recruiting class that we here in Evanston are extremely excited to introduce in a few months."
Listed at 6-1, 190 pounds, Westphal notched 47 tackles, eight pass breakups and three interceptions during his 2013 senior season, one in which he helped Bolingbrook earn the No. 1 seed in the Illinois Class 8A playoffs.
Per NCAA compliance rules, early enrollees are permitted to sign financial aid agreements and join the college program of their choice provided they have completed the requirements necessary to graduate early from high school.
The remainder of Northwestern's 2014 freshman class will be announced on college football's National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
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