Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007.
Peavey family has Hog fever
Rafe Peavey sporting a Razorback shirt on the first day of kindergarten while in Rhode Island.
When Arkansas extended a scholarship offer to quarterback Rafe Peavey as a sophomore, his parents, Jack and Rachael were thrilled because of their ties to university.
Peavey, 6-2, 208, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Bolivar, Missouri arrived in Fayetteville on Friday to start classes today. His father met his mother at Arkansas while he was a graduate assistant under Jack Crowe and she was student.
Former offensive coordinator Paul Petrino offered Peavey after watching him in a workout. The news kept Rachael up that night and lead her to send a 3 a.m. text to Jack, who was out-of-town.
“She texted me when I was sound asleep and it read ‘I can’t sleep, I got Hog fever’,” Jack Peavey said.
Rafe got the Hog fever as a fourth grader when he and his older brother, Kolton, who’s a quarterback at Rhode Island, attended a football camp when Houston Nutt was the head coach.
“We saw the football players practicing on the field and everything from that day on I really wanted to make it my goal to be Division I,” Peavey said. “At that time I wanted to be a linebacker but with my older brother I found out I was supposed to be a quarterback but I still like hitting people. That part hasn’t really changed from the little Rafe.”
Rafe, Kolton and sister Peyton learned the Razorbacks were the family’s team while Jack was an assistant coach at Rhode Island.
“We would always tune into ESPN to see how Hogs were doing,” Jack Peavey said. “My wife and I always had that interest in the watching the Hogs,”
Rachael, who has had several family members attend school at Arkansas, was proud Rafe picked the Razorbacks.
“Ultimately it was his choice,” she said.
Rafe’s relationship with Coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Jim Chaney is strong.
“Coach Chaney is an honest guy,” Jack Peavey said. “He tells the truth and he doesn’t sugarcoat things and Rafe really learned to appreciate that. He could tell coach Chaney things and he’s going to get told things. It’s genuine. It’s not to hurt him, it’s not to sugarcoat anything. It’s just the truth.”
Jack said he and Rachael have done what they can to prepare Rafe for life as a college quarterback.
“If good things happen, it’s easy to prepare for to keep him grounded,” Jack said. “The tough thing is when you have a tough day and how do you respond. So we’ll be in the stands biting our nails and nervous, just like we were with the Under Armour All-American game.”
Peavey never wavered on his commitment to Arkansas.
“Guess I was the only one down at the Under Armor game that stayed strong to his commitment, which I think it’s crazy,” he said.