When Christian Westerman
and his family arrived in Austin on Saturday, they already knew that they liked the Longhorns and head coach Mack Brown. In the family's first 24 hours in the Capital City, they toured the area and fell in love. Chris Westerman, Christian's father, is ready to move his family.
"My position really allows me to work wherever. I can be mobile. I have a lot of business in Arizona, but I work for a healthcare company and it doesn't really matter where I am at. We like it here. It's really great. If my son were to play here, we've already made up our mind that we'd move here as a family," said the elder Westerman.
The 6-5, 285-pound tackle prospect has already gotten to know Texas offensive line coach Mac McWhorter very well, but it sounds as though McWhorter knew quite a bit about the young tackle prospect before he stepped on the Forty Acres.
"We got a real warm welcome. In fact, when we checked in, the lady said, ‘Oh, you are Christian Westerman. Mac McWhorter wanted us to tell him when you arrived.' I will tell you that they really laid out the red carpet," said the prospect's father. "We met the nicest people - great coaching staff, down to earth people- I am just really, really impressed."
Christian's father played right guard at California from 1986 to 1991. Christian played right tackle as a sophomore on the state champion Hamilton Huskies of Chandler, Arizona. As a junior, Westerman likely will move to left tackle and the Huskies are expected to compete for another state championship ring. In fact, the Huskies have won the state championship four times since 2003 and were runners-up in 2001 and 2005.
That winning tradition is one of the things that introduced the Westerman's to the Longhorns. When Texas played the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Fiesta Bowl last year, Westerman and his wife watched the game from a few rows behind the Texas bench.
"Jody, my wife, and I went to the Fiesta Bowl and that was really what iced our cupcake as far as Texas because we've always liked Texas football – we know the history and tradition here. We went to that bowl game and we sat right behind their bench and we kind of took it all in and we thought, ‘Man, that's what we are talking about right there – the balance between the football program, the tradition, the education, the alumni support. It's what I call making the total man. It isn't just about an athlete. It isn't just about character or integrity. It is all a part of what Mack Brown does here. I just think it is the total package.'"
The sixteen year old tackle prospect also likes what he sees so far in the program.
"It is going pretty good. I like it. I like the coaches a lot. They are really friendly. I like the campus a lot. The facilities are great," added Westerman.
After Texas' three-day camp that ends on Wednesday, Westerman will attend the USC Rising Star camp, an Auburn camp, and perhaps a camp at UCLA. Westerman has already been to the Arizona State camp this summer.
Despite just finishing his sophomore season, Westerman has already been told to expect offers on September 1 to come from Cal, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Oregon State, and Stanford. He is also receiving heavy from Nebraska, Oklahoma, Florida, and Georgia, in addition to the schools that he is planning on visiting this summer.
Westerman's mother has family in the Southeast near several of the schools recruiting the talented tackle.
Take a look at his sophomore footage. He is circled in the footage, plays right tackle and wears #75.
When a top sophomore prospect flies across the country to spend five days in your college's city, you are certainly hoping to leave the young man and his family with a very strong impression. After just 24 hours at the camp and three days in Austin, the Westerman clan sounds like a group smitten by Austin and the Longhorns. And they will be in Austin for two more days.