Bentonville junior offensive lineman Ean Pfeifer and his parents moved from Maryland before he started the ninth grade to let him chase his college football dreams.
It looks like they are coming true as Pfeifer (6-5, 290) has three offers already and could have one coming from Arkansas down the line after being one of five prospects who the Razorbacks had on campus Saturday for unofficial visits.
"We lived on the Eastern Shore about an hour from Baltimore and an hour-and-a-half from Washington," Pfeifer said. "We talked about it and we thought I needed better competition to go up against.
"I would have had to go to a private school and that would have been very costly and so my parents just decided to pick up and move," Pfeifer continued. "They did it for me."
Pfeifer joined a quartet of other 2015 prospects that visited the Razorbacks Saturday in Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady (6-5, 230), Bryant offensive lineman Cameron Davis (6-4, 260), Katy, Texas, offensive lineman Derek Brown (6-4, 305) and defensive lineman Jozie Milton (6-2, 310) of Clinton, La., Silliman Institute.
"It was great that there were just the five of us because you go to some Junior Days and there are 40-50 kids and their parents there and you don't get a lot of individual time with the coaches.
"At Arkansas on Saturday we got a lot of 1-on-1 time with all the coaches and it was just great to get to talk to them and learn from them," Pfeifer said. "I absolutely loved it."
He already knew Arkansas assistant coach Barry Lunney, Jr., the former Bentonville assistant.
"I really like Coach Lunney and he was a big help for me when I was starting as a sophomore," Pfifer said. "He's a really good coach and a really good guy."
Pfeifer, set to be a three-year starter for Bentonville, has grown from 265 pounds to 290 since the 2013 season started.
"I have grown and just put in a lot of time in the weight room and just got bigger," Pfeifer said.
That caught the attention of Arkansas offensive line coach Sam Pittman.
"Coach Pittman has been very honest with me and I appreciate that," Pfeifer said. "He said one of the things that wanted to see was if I could put on weight because of the big guys you have to go up against in the SEC.
"The other thing he told me is that they want to get me in camp and see me up close working out before they make a decision on offering," Pfeifer added.
Pfeifer, who has offers so far from Arkansas State, Southern Miss and Memphis, is obviously hoping an Arkansas offer comes this summer at camp.
"I am certainly hoping for an offer from Arkansas and I will be very happy if that does come," Pfeifer said. "But I wouldn't commit right away because I will still want to see what options come my way because I want to make the best decision for me both athletically and academically."
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