Peavey remains firm to Arkansas

Rafe Peavey

Despite receiving more interest after his commitment, Rafe Peavey said he won't back off his pledge to the Razorbacks.

Shortly after his sophomore year of high school, Rafe Peavey decided he was ready to commit.

With three family members that spent part of careers, whether it be swimming, track and field or coaching, at the University of Arkansas, Peavey already had ties to the Razorbacks. He said there was much more to love about the possibility of wearing the Cardinal and White, as well.

"I really love the coaches and the fans. Everyone in Arkansas seems to be huge Razorbacks fans since there aren't any NFL teams or anything like that. And of course, the facilities are off the charts, as well and I know playing in the SEC gets you ready to play on Sundays."

The Bolivar quarterback officially committed to the Razorbacks after attending the Arkansas football camp in June and he said he is still firm to his commitment, even though other teams have become more interested in him.

"When I committed, I thought people would back off, but it has almost been the opposite," Peavey said. "More schools jumped on, but I'm still staying strong to my commitment to the University of Arkansas, the coaches and the state.

"I'm a man of my word and I'm not going to go back on my commitment."

Peavey said some of the schools that jumped on board in recruiting him since his commitment included Alabama, LSU and Penn State.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound signal caller threw for 1,734 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore and proved to be a dual-threat quarterback by rushing for 465 yards and 13 scores. After being restricted to passing only at the Southwest Elite, Peavey said the event still provided a great experience for him and his teammates.

"It's great coming out here and competing with all of these bigger schools and just soaking up the competitive atmosphere," Peavey said. "Bolivar has never done one of these (types of 7-on-7 tournaments), so our coaches are great for taking us down here.

"I'm a dual-threat quarterback, though. If a play breaks down, I can do something with my feet. But I'm also an accurate passer and I feel like I have good arm strength for my age."

In his first game of the tournament, the Liberators played the Fayetteville Bulldogs, which featured fellow quarterback and 2013 Arkansas commit Austin Allen. Peavey and Allen both said they have built a relationship over the past couple months.

"I'm good friends with Austin right now," Peavey said. "He's a great quarterback and a great person.

"He has a strong arm – he definitely has the arm for a D1 level quarterback and it's going to be fun playing with him these next few years at Arkansas. It's good getting that glimpse at competing with him."

While at the Arkansas football camp that he and Allen both attended, Peavey said he spent time talking with Tim Horton, Paul Petrino and head coach John L. Smith. The 2014 commitment also said he has a commonality with Horton that allowed them to bond quickly and he admires Petrino's teaching ability.

"Coach Horton and I are both Christians and we shared our faith with each other," Peavey said. "When I went down there and spent the day, we talked football, but we also talked about life for like thirty minutes and that was nice.

"Coach Petrino is a great coach. I went down there and sat in a QB meeting with him for an hour and a half and learned more in that than I did in basically my whole career. He's a great coach and I can't wait to work with him."

With the commitment out of the way, Peavey said he can work on improving as a player and with the team. Bolivar went 9-2 last season and he said his only goal to worry about now is winning a state championship. His coach, Lance Roweton, is glad to get to have the quarterback play for him for the next two seasons and focused on the task at hand.

"To be honest with you, I've been a coach for a long time and I've never had anyone like Rafe," Roweton said. "None have committed to such a big school with a high success rate like Arkansas.

"As a sophomore, he had his best games in our biggest games and as his coach for the next two seasons, I'm excited to see him as a junior and senior since that's when kids really flourish."



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