Arkansas' quarterback momentum kept going full speed on Monday morning when 2014 Bolivar (MO) prospect Rafe Peavey publicly announced his commitment to the Razorbacks.
Peavey (6-2, 205), coming off a sparkling sophomore season in which he passed for 1,734 yards and 20 touchdowns and running for 465 yards and 13 more scores, did so after working out at the Razorback football camp and then leaving campus.
"I am really excited first of all," Peavey said. "I love the coaches here and the facilities are off the chart and that new complex they are building is probably going to be the best in the nation. The fan base in Arkansas is just better than everywhere I have been because there is not an NFL team here so everyone that leaves in Arkansas is a Razorback fan and I love that."
Peavey, who has not been rated by Scout.com yet but is viewed as a four or five-star prospect by other recruiting services, already had offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, UCLA, Ole Miss, Boston College, Connecticut and Indiana.
Peavey's dad Jack was a NFL center who snapped to both Denver's John Elway and New England's Steve Grogan and he also was a graduate assistant at Arkansas at one point.
He was also a head football coach at Southwest Baptist and is now the assistant athletic director for sports implementation and football operations at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Peavey's mom ran track for the Lady Razorbacks and his uncle was a swimmer for Arkansas and actually qualified for the 1980 Olympics.
"They are all very happy for me to be a Razorback," Rafe Peavey said.
He had been on Arkansas' campus last Wednesday and privately committed to the Razorbacks and recruiting coordinator Tim Horton at that time.
"They were very excited, I know that - especially Coach Horton," Peavey said. "He is a great person and I like him a lot. It is going to be nice to getting to know him over the next couple of years while I am in college."
He enjoyed having the chance to work on Monday with Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Paul Petrino.
"I really like the coaches a lot," Peavey said. "Coach Petrino, I have learned so much just being around him for one day. I am excited to be with him for four years."
Peavey had a chance to see Arkansas offense under Paul Petrino during the Red-White game.
"I loved it," Peavey said. "I know playing in the SEC and playing in Coach Petrino's offense is going to get me ready to play on Sundays (in the NFL)."
Peavey had a chance to get an extensive look at the Razorback program last week on Wednesday, including meeting with current Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson.
"I came down here and visited for a whole day and just being around the coaches, just meeting some of the players – and we visited one player's dorm room – we pretty much did everything that day," Peavey added. "I just knew I was going to be a Razorback that day."
The Razorbacks have added three quarterback commits since May 1 with Peavey joining 2013 pledges in Fayetteville High's Austin Allen (6-2, 217) and Plantation (FL) American Heritage standout Tyler Cogswell (6-5, 235).
Allen and Peavey were working out together after Monday morning's camp session ended.
"He (Allen) is a really good quarterback and a good person, too," Peavey said. "It is going to be fun competing against him the next few years."
While Arkansas has seven commitments for its 2013 class, Peavey becomes the first one for 2014.
"I kind of feel honored in a way, but I am just ready to get more guys with me so we can kind of build a little dynasty and go out and hopefully win a national championship," Peavey said.
Peavey, who brother Kolten is a quarterback at South Alabama, showed his intelligence when asked about what position he wants to get pledges from first.
"First of all, I want to get some linemen to protect me," Peavey said. "And then just get some good players to play with."
Peavey is set to follow in the footsteps of some great Razorbacks who played their high school football in Missouri.
That includes Gary Anderson, Steve Atwater, Mark Smith and the Bequettes – George, Chris and Jay.
"That just means there is a brighter future for me, coming from Missouri and playing at the University of Arkansas," Peavey said.
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