Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Bentonville's Pfeifer adding to offer list
Bentonville offensive lineman Ean Pfeifer, who received a scholarship offer from San Diego State on Wednesday, now stands at 11 offers and is likely not done.
Pfeifer, 6-5, 295, 5.17 seconds in the 40 yard dash, also has offers from Tulsa, Arkansas State, Neveda, Southern Miss and others. He plans to attend camps at Arkansas, Ole Miss, Louisville and Missouri this summer in hopes of adding to his offer list. Video highlights CLICK HERE
“My dad and I talked about it,” Pfeifer said. “We’re thinking of making a decision in October because that’s going to show who was really interested. I appreciate that with teams that show early interest because it shows they have strong interest in me and they want me in their program.”
Pfeifer, who has a 285 pound bench press, 480 squat and 28.5 inch vertical, graded out at 90 percent and had 47 knockdowns for the Class 7A state title winners last year.
He and Razorback tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. recently talked.
“They just want to see me in pads and make a decision in camp,” Pfeifer said. “He said if they didn’t want to offer they wouldn’t have asked me to come to camp. He said I have the opportunity and I just have to show it in camp.”
Bentonville Coach Barry Lunney Sr. has been a head coach since 1989 and thinks Pfeifer is one of the better offensive linemen he's coached.
“I think he’s going to be one of the better ones,” said Lunney in an earlier interview.“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.”
No schools stand out at this time.
“I’m not favoring anyone right now,” he said. “There are a few I would not go to. It’s going to come down to my visits.”
When it does come time to make a decision, there will be one focus.
“Mostly academics,” said Pfeifer, who has a 3.5 grade point average. “Just the reality of making it to the NFL isn't that big. I want to get an education in business marketing.”
Pfeifer and his family moved to Arkansas from Maryland in 2011 after his mother did some research.
“She googled best small towns in America and Rogers popped up,” Pfeifer said.
He said his family has no regrets about moving.
“Absolutely not, it’s paying off,” Pfeifer said.
An offer from the Hogs would be welcomed because of the reputation of Coach Bret Bielema and offensive line coach Sam Pittman.
“I feel like it would be pretty special because of coach B and coach Sam Pittman are there and they’re pretty big on the offensive line, in the trenches,” he said. “It would mean a lot to me but pretty much any offer would mean a lot to me.”