Varsity Preps

Ean Pfeifer, #15 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

Photo by Ben Goff

Bentonville, Arkansas has become one of the national powers in high school football. It is hard to believe that a school in Arkansas has made those sort of strides, but it has happened. Barry Lunney, one of the state’s most heralded coaches has been at the helm for almost 10 years now, and he is starting to not only produce championships in Bentonville, but also highly recruited Division 1 football players.

This year, Bentonville’s crown jewel is offensive lineman Ean Pfeifer. Pfeifer, standing at 6’5” 285 pounds is one of the states top lineman. The only lineman that may be better than Pfeifer in this class is Arkansas commit Colton Jackson of Conway. He has the height to be at tackle at some D1 colleges, but for a school like nearby Arkansas in Fayetteville, he will fit in just fine with Bret Bielema’s massive lineman that are all above average in height. Pfeifer is a quick decision maker in the run game. He can go from double-teaming a down lineman, to switching off to the linebacker at depth in a flash. Pfeifer is also a powerful blocker. He has solid lower body strength, and uses it to pop off on defenders. He also uses leverage effectively. Pfeifer comes off the ball with a bad attitude. He will make a quick first step and make sure he is making solid contact with his assignment.

Pfeifer has garnered a lot of attention early. This is not surprising though for a player of his caliber. Pfeifer has received offers from Arkansas State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss, and Utah State. Other schools that are interested in Pfeifer’s talent, but haven’t yet offered include, Arkansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Vanderbilt. This last weekend, Pfeifer attended the Arkansas Junior Day.

With camps this summer, and still an entire round of spring ball to be had, Pfeifer has a lot of time to improve on his abilities and potentially capitalize on some of the schools’ interest, and potentially parlay that into an offer. Only time will tell though.

The Verdict: Pfeifer is a strong college guard with great fundamentals and technique. That alone will take him far. Would like to see him put on some more weight and fill out his frame, and see what benefits may come from that as well. The coaches that he is surrounded with will only make him better as well. I think that he is definitely a D1 player, if the offers haven’t made that clear, but I think he could be an SEC level guard that is redshirted in his freshman year.

Pros: Technique, Feet, Lower Body Strength, Awareness

Cons: Pass Blocking Needs Work, Fill Out Frame, Add Weight, Guard Playing Tackle

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