Bolingbrook junior defensive back Parrker Westphal made an unofficial visit to Florida over the weekend.
Westphal reconnected with former Raiders teammate and current Gators freshman linebacker Antonio Morrison in Gainesville.
"It was great," Westphal said. "I loved the campus and how it's set up. 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 to know me as more than just a player on film wearing the number 21. Florida will definitely make the cut when I narrow things down."
Westphal, who has 20 scholarship offers, is set to visit Arizona State later this month.
Gaining momentum: One of the prospects who has gained serious recruiting traction this spring is Crete-Monee defensive end Chris Slayton. Slayton, a 6-foot-3, 258-pound junior, added offers from Nebraska, Indiana, Miami (Fla.) and Cincinnati in the last week alone.
Slayton has 13 offers and seems to be adding more daily.
"It feels really good to start getting offers from all of these schools," Slayton said. "I still need to just get out and visit some of these schools soon. I'm planning to head out this summer and see as many schools as I can. I'll also start to look at everyone harder, and then I'll name some favorites later this summer."
Brosnan bulks up: It's hard to fathom in this age of non-stop recruiting coverage that any prospect with 13 offers could go under the radar. But that's the case with Maine South junior offensive tackle Brendan Brosnan. Brosnan was just 185 pounds a year and a half ago, but he has hit a growth spurt. Add his work in the weight room and a strong nutrition plan, and the 6-6, 274-pound Brosnan has transformed into a top-level recruit.
"A year and a half ago I was 185 pounds, and I was more like a stick figure," Brosnan said. "It really started for me a few months ago with the recruiting interest. The coaches at my school started to talk to some of the colleges about how I added weight and strength and that I was a much different-looking player these days.
"I just really started to add weight and size once the season ended. I just started to really hit the weights hard, and I also got on a great nutrition program. The coaches said they felt I could play at the D-I level in college if I bought into the weights and getting bigger, and they were right. Once spring recruiting started the college coaches would come in and watch my workout, and all of a sudden more and more schools started to offer me a scholarship."
Brosnan has offers from Illinois, San Diego State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Illinois State, South Dakota State, Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Eastern Illinois, Syracuse, Central Michigan and Ball State. Several other Big Ten schools, including Wisconsin, Purdue, Minnesota and Iowa, are expected to stop by Maine South soon.
Morrissey visits Boston: Stevenson junior safety Matt Morrissey, son of former Chicago Bears linebacker Jim Morrissey, added an offer this weekend from Boston College. Morrissey, whose older brother, Mike Morrissey, played for the Eagles, talked about his visit to Boston.
"I just had a really good visit," Morrissey said. "I was able to spend time with the coaches along with some of the players. I really just wanted to get a better feel for the staff and the team. I was already pretty familiar with the school and the campus, and now I have a much better feel for the football team and the program.
"Boston College just seems like it would be a very good fit. They are a high-level football program that also offers great academics."