"My mom had a business trip that she made to Seattle last summer and we thought it would be a good chance for me to check out U-Dub, so I went up there with her and we spent time up at the school talking to the coaches and seeing the facilities and what the program has to offer," Eifler told Dawgman.com recently. "It was really impressive. I had a great time and really thought it was an amazing experience up there.
"My mom and I talked to coach (Chris) Petersen for over an hour and he spent a lot of time going over his plan up there and where he sees the program heading.
"He also talked a lot about the future and how he cares about his players' future after football and the support they give to the players to be successful at life, not just football."
Eifler knows several Huskies including O'Dowd alum Kevin King.
"Yeah, I've known Kevin for a while so it was cool getting to hang out with him for a while when I was up there," Eifler said. "He really likes it and he said the city and the school there is amazing and I can see what he means because I was really impressed.
"I also have known Shaq Thompson for a while and I really enjoyed talking with Jaydon Mickens. That was the first time I had met him, but he's easy to talk to and a good guy."
As far as Thompson is concerned, Eifler said he can see him fitting into the role that Thompson filled while he was at UW.
"Actually, I think my game is really similar to his as far as how we play," Eifler said. "He was an outside linebacker and that's where I'll play, but I also have the ability to drop back in some coverages and that's exactly how they used him.
"If you watched the film, in some calls, he'd drop back and almost be like a safety and with my mobility and flexibility, I can do a lot of the same things that he can."
In addition to the offer Eifler already has from Washington, the talented prospected also has scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan, California, UCLA, Northwestern, Duke, Colorado and Oregon State and he's been getting heavy interest from USC, Oregon, Arizona and Stanford.
"I've been blessed and it's humbling, but I know I haven't 'made it' yet," Eifler said. "I just need to keep working and getting it done and if more opportunities come up, then I will look at those as well."
Eifler and his parents will be making some unofficial visits this spring and summer and he hopes one of those trips can be back to Seattle.
"I'd love to get back up there, but I need to see some other schools so my parents and I are planning out a trip to the south and a trip up to the Big Ten schools too," Eifler said. "I'm going to visit Duke and hopefully Clemson, but I need to talk to Clemson still and then, after that, we'll head up to Northwestern and Michigan.
"Because it's so close, I will head up to Cal for some of their spring practices and probably Stanford too, just because they are so close, but the other ones will probably be in the summer after school gets out."
As far as what he's looking for in the school he ultimately settles on, Eifler has already started to form a criteria they need to meet.
"I think the first thing is academics," Eifler said. "You always need to look at that. I want to see the support structure they have for the players and also the graduation rate and I want to make sure they have the major I want to focus on (Business) and that the degree actually means something.
"The second thing I'll be looking for is playing time. I mean, I don't expect it to be handed to me, but I want to see what the chances are for me to get on the field early and how they plan to use me if I go there.
"The third thing would probably be 'does it feel like home?' I want to see how my relationship with the coaches and the players is. Is it awkward? Is it comfortable? I mean, I am going to be there for four or five years and I need to know that I can fit in and feel comfortable."
Eifler said his current plan is to take his official visits and make a commitment after his senior season, but he said he isn't sure when his decision will come.
Dawgman.com will have more on Eifler in the coming weeks and months as his recruitment really hits full stride and we will have updates as news happens.