Pfeifer talks state championship, Commordores

Bentonville (Ark.) offensive lineman Ean Pfeifer committed to Vanderbilt in mid-June and then went out and won a second straight Arkansas 7A title. Pfeifer, standing at 6-foot-5, 285-pounds, was regarded as one of the states top lineman heading into the season and only added to his stature with his senior year performance. He spoke to VandyMania.com coming off his victory in the state finals.

"It was tough," Pfeifer said of Bentonville's 24-21 win over Fayetteville to take state. "Last year we had some great seniors who we really bonded with during their time (at Bentonville). It took some adjusting to the new group. We started out 0-4, but proved who we really are in the last nine games."

In a thrilling finish, the The Bentonville Tigers scored a go-ahead touchdown with 26 seconds remaining to defeat Fayetteville in a game played at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium on December 6th.

"I thought I played fairly well in the championship game," he said. "I made four or five pancake blocks and even caught a lateral pass for that went for eight yards. I've been a three-year starter at Bentonville and I'd have to say this year was my best. It feels absolutely fantastic to go out a state champion especially with the seniors in my class."

Pfeifer kept a close eye on his future team, the Vanderbilt Commodores, on Saturdays. Despite only seeing three wins, he says there's plenty of reason to be excited about the future.

"I went to Nashville on an unofficial visit for the Tennessee game," Pfeifer said. "It was a real close game and thought for awhile we were going to pull it out. This season, Coach Mason played a lot of young guys who gained some valuable experience. I think that's going to help a lot down the road. It did look rough at times playing a different starting quarterback every week. They were saying that last year's recruiting class was a really good one and I know this year's will be good so we'll see what we can do in the next couple of years.

"I still solid to Vanderbilt. I'll be taking my official visit on January 16th. I definitely wanted to stay in the south for college. Going to Vanderbilt allows me to play in the SEC. I may have had the chance to do that at Ole Miss or Mississippi State where I was getting some recruiting attention as well, but the academic part was definitely something I was considering as well and that aspect of it put Vanderbilt over the top for me. I know I'll be receiving one of the best educations around on a full-scholarship. Also, I'm excited to be coached by Coach Lightner. I hung around with him for awhile last time I was in Nashville. I was up there for camp in June and definitely like how he runs things. He's very hands-on and an excellent teacher.

"After I get back from my official in January, I'll be working out with my buddy, Harrison Rooney, who just committed to Army. We'll be conditioning with a trainer every day to get in the best shape possible for top D-1 football."

Pfeifer has received over a dozen offers from Arkansas State, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Nevada, North Texas, San Diego State, Southern Miss, Tulsa, Utah State, and Yale. Other schools showing heavy interest at the time of Pfeifer’s commitment included Arkansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ole Miss. He projects as guard in college but played tackle at Bentonville.

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