Arkansas lands its first 2014 commitment on Monday when Bolivar (MO) quarterback Rafe Peavey (6-2,…
Arkansas Targets Peavey
Bolivar (MO) junior-to-be quarterback Rafe Peavey (6-2, 205), who already has five offers from Arkansas, UCLA, Ole Miss, Boston College and UConn, will visit Arkansas unofficially on Wednesday.
"I'm going to go up there and hang out with the coaches the whole day, meet some players and I am sure get a tour of all the facilities," Peavey said Sunday night. "Arkansas has a great program and I am very excited to get up there and check everything out, including getting to meet head coach John L. Smith."
Peavey – who lives about 2 ½ hours from Fayetteville - has already developed a great relationship with Arkansas assistant Tim Horton, who doubles as the Razorbacks' recruiting coordinator.
"Not only is Coach Horton a great coach, but he is a great man," Peavey said. "I can't say enough about him. He and my dad have become great friends. I also am looking forward to getting to know (Arkansas quarterbacks) Coach Paul Petrino."
Peavey passed for 1,734 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for nearly 500 yards and 14 more scores for the 9-2 Liberators.
Jack Peavey – his dad - was an offensive tackle in the NFL for both the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos while his older brother Kolten is a quarterback at South Alabama.
"We are a football family and I have been so blessed to have my dad as my coach," Peavey said. "I have been following along with him so many years, been in meetings and just learning even before he became my coach."
Peavey took over for his older brother last season as the starting signal caller and immediately shined.
"I think my biggest strength is my leadership on the field and how my teammates look to me to make something happen in the clutch," Peavey said. "I also think I have a pretty strong throwing arm and can make all the throws, even in tight windows if need be."
He got his offers from Arkansas and UCLA on the same day.
"It was just a great day when I got the offers from such great programs as Arkansas and UCLA," Peavey said. "It just meant that all my hard work was paying off."
Peavey is also getting interest from LSU, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas State, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt among others.
"It is very early and I am young, but I am not going to wait a long time if I go to place and it feels right to me," Peavey said. "If I get to a place and it is right, I'll go ahead and commit."
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