Scouting Report: Eifler is a talented linebacker with the ability to play almost anywhere -- inside, outside, weakside, strongside, middle -- although most people feel he will wind up as a SAM (strongside linebacker) once he gets to college. Eifler has long arms and his frame is perfect for a the position. He currently tips the scales at a rock-solid 215 pounds and most feel he can easily add 10 to 15 pounds without losing any speed or quickness. Eifler is great in coverage, but he is also very good against the run. He's got some physicality, but taking on blockers isn't currently one of his strengths. Eifler is at his best when playing in space and chasing, breaking down angles and then making the tackle when he gets the to ball-carrier.
How He Fits: Once Eifler arrives at Washington, he will be immediately inserted at one of the outside linebacker spots. He's been adamant about his admiration for Shaq Thompson and he loved the way the Husky coaches used the first round draft choice during his junior campaign.
Eifler will battle players like Drew Lewis and likely D.J. Beavers for playing time and there is a chance Tevis Bartlett could also be in the mix, depending on how linebackers coach Bob Gregory decides to mix and match his players.
Impact On 2016 Class: With his decision, Eifler becomes the fifth known commitment to Washington's 2016 class, however, he is the first one that is projected at linebacker.
The Huskies will likely take two linebackers in this class although if the right ones come along, they may decide to take a flier on a third.
Other linebackers on Washington's radar include Carlsbad (Ca.) OLB Troy Cassidy and Moreno Valley (Ca.) OLB Kevin Meitzenheimer are two other targets with offers who are high on the Huskies.
An local prospect who could be on the cusp of receiving an offer is Andrzej Hughes-Murray from Federal Way. He has hauled in offers from several schools, but he's waiting to see what the Huskies want to do before he narrows things down. Could one be coming before the end of September after they get a look at him this season?
The Bottom Line: The commitment of Eifler continues to four-star parade on Washington's commit list for 2016. He's not just a 7v7 warrior either, although he's excelled on the 7v7 circuit this spring and summer. He's also a big time talent who won't just be a leader on the field, but also in the classroom and in the community. If you looked up the definition of what "OKG" means, you would find a picture and description of Eifler. The Husky coaching staff hit a home run on this recruitment and it should propel them for the rest of the summer as we prepare for the start of fall camp in less than four weeks.