Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007.
Lunney high on Pfeifer's talent
Bentonville Coach Barry Lunney Sr. has seen a lot of talented offensive linemen since becoming a head coach in 1989 and thinks Ean Pfeifer is one of the more better ones.
“I think he’s going to be one of the better ones,” Lunney said. “There’s no doubt about it. He made tremendous progress this year. He played a little hurt his sophomore year. It’s tough to for a sophomore to play at any level. At this level, it doesn’t matter what position especially in the line where your strength is so important.”
Pfeifer, 6-4 1/2, 292 pounds has nine scholarship offers, including Nevada, Tulsa, Arkansas State, Southern Miss, Memphis and Utah State. He graded out at 90 percent and had 47 knockdowns last year. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Arkansas is wanting to evaluate him during the Hogs’ camp in June before possibly extending an offer.
Lunney, who has won seven state titles as a head coach, said colleges like Pfeifer’s combination of talent and intensity on the field.
“They said it looks like he has a little bit of a mean streak in him,” Lunney said. “He finishes his blocks well. He plays right through the whistle, very aggressive.”
Pfeifer fits what college coaches are looking for in the trenches.
“Big guys that meet all of the requirements and can move and play aggressive they’re going to get offers,” Lunney said. “Mobility is such a big key at the next level and flexibility. A lot of guys can be big and not have a lot of bend and they’re not very flexible in the hips.”