Razorback Pride

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Boliver (MO) quarterback and Arkansas 2014 pledge Rafe Peavey (6-2, 210, 4.47) about his trip to visit Saturday with the new Razorback coaches.

Bolivar (MO) quarterback and Arkansas 2014 pledge Rafe Peavey is really looking forward to Saturday.

That's when Peavey (6-2, 210, 4.47) is coming to Fayetteville to meet the new Razorback coaching staff.

Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney stopped by his school last month to make Peavey aware of how much the new staff wants him to be a Razorback.

"I am super excited to sit down and meet the new staff," Peavey said Thursday afternoon. "I am just really looking forward to seeing the offensive direction and plan for the Hogs."

Peavey was 105-of-165 passing this past season for 1,901 yards and 18 touchdowns this season and also rushed for over 500 yards and 13 more scores.

Arkansas was the first of what is now 17 offers for Peavey, who should be elevated to a four-star prospect soon by Scout.com.

That list of offers also now includes Auburn, Ole Miss, Missouri, Kansas State, Nebraska, UCLA, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Boston College, South Florida, TCU, Conneticut, Arkansas State and recently Yale.

"I still get a lot of facebook messages and letters about new schools daily wanting to see if I'm interested," Peavey said. "I'm just happy that my talent is respected nationally, but particularly in the state of Arkansas. I have seen facilities from coast to coast and there is none better than Fayetteville.

"I'm thankful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and feel blessed that the new (Razorback) coaches are making it clear that I'm their guy," Peavey added.

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema arrived in early December and he and his assistants – some of whom came a month later – had to focus almost exclusively on the 2013 recruiting class.

But now after putting that class to bed – and taking a week off to actually move to Fayetteville – those coaches have turned their attention to 2014.

The Razorbacks have 2014 commitments from Peavy, El Dorado defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320) and North Little Rock tailback Juan Day (6-1, 205).

They have also offered Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier (6-3, 330) and Bentonville tight end Jack Kraus (6-5, 230) while offering over a reported 50 scholarships to out-of-state prospects.

"The only hard part has been patiently waiting to start a new relationship with these coaches," Peavy said, "but how I felt about the Razorbacks and the state of Arkansas has been my driving force to work hard and never let anyone outwork me. That's all I can control.

"I just want to set the highest standards to reach my goals of being a starter in the SEC but also a leader with my peers and my teammates," Peavey added.

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