Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Peavey a proud Hog
Quarterback Rafe Peavey, an Arkansas commitment, is looking forward to being coached by Hog quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
Quarterback Rafe Peavey rarely sees much playing time after halftime with his team being so far ahead in most of the games. He takes the lack of time on the field in stride.
“That is a disadvantage heading into the playoffs not getting to play a four quarter game,” said Peavey, an Arkansas commitment. “I’m not a very big stats guy. The most important stat to me is just winning and moving the chains. I just do what I can the best I can and hopefully it all pays off with a win.”
Peavey, 6-2, 210, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Bolivar, Missouri was recently named the No. 8 quarterback prospect in the nation by Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network.
He has completed 66 of 87 passes for 1,001 yards, 9 touchdowns while rushing 73 times for 687 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Senior highlights click here
In about three months, he’ll enroll at Arkansas in January and start his college career.
“I’m so excited, there’s not a better place for me Arkansas,” Peavey said. “It’s a great fit. I’m super excited and can’t wait to get down there and sit in the meeting room with coach (Jim) Chaney and just be a sponge and soak up everything.”
Peavey comes from a tight knit family, and enjoys strong support from his parents, Jack and Rachael, older sister Peyton and brother Kolt, a quarterback at Rhode Island. He also relies heavily on his faith.
On his Twitter page, Peavey mentions Peter 5:6, that reads “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,”
“For my games, I look at Isaiah 40:31,” Peavey said.”I get my strength from the Lord. I really do rely on him in pretty much every aspect of my life.”
Peavey was glad to see highly regarded tight end Ravian Pierce of Plantation, Florida pledge to the Hogs last week.
“You have him and Jack Kraus,“ Peavey said. “We’re going to have two of the best tight ends in the country. The O-line is looking awesome, just have to get more receivers and some other guys on the other side of the ball. We want guys that want to be Razorbacks.”
Recruiting other prospects to Arkansas is constantly on Peavey’s mind.
“Pretty much everyday,” he said. “I text a lot. I get their numbers at camps and just check in with them every now and then they check in with me. So it’s mutual. I’m building relationships with these with recruits.”
Peavey enjoys being on campus when other prospects are visiting.
“When they come down, I can show them around and give them the reasons why I committed,” Peavey said. “Try and open their eyes from a players’ perspective because they’re always use to getting recruited by coaches.”
He’s become friends with other Razorback commitments, offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor, running back Juan Day and tight end Jack Kraus.
“Those are some of my buddies right now and Jovan Pruitt,” Peavey said. “You have to love the linemen. They’re the ones that’s going to be protecting me.”
Peavey was on hand when Fort Pierce, (Fla.) Central linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed made his official visit for the Hogs opening game.
“We got to talk to each other and we are really a lot alike,” he said. “I hope we get him he’s 6-4, 220. He’s a beast.”
Peavey said the Hogs are an easy sell.
“I know Arkansas has the best interest of the recruits in mind,” he said.