Popular Peavey

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Jack Peavey, the father of Razorback 2014 quarterback commit Rafe Peavey (6-2, 212) to see where his son stands with Arkansas after a flood on interest arriving this spring.

While Arkansas was first to the party for Bolivar, Mo., quarterback Rafe Peavey and got an early commitment from the 2014 prospect, there have been a plethora of schools trying to get him to change his mind since the Razorbacks have changed coaches.

After sparkling performances in Dallas and Chicago in Elite 11 camps, Peavey (6-3, 212) now has over 30 scholarship offers as well as interest from Ohio State and USC – the latter two schools who have not yet offered but could if he visits them this summer.

"I kind of feel like it'd be stupid to not talk to Ohio State and USC when they come in," Rafe Peavey told the Springfield News Leader on Tuesday. "It doesn't happen to a lot of kids, and it's a blessing, so I'm going to take the opportunity."

But his dad Jack – a former NFL player and the current athletic director at Oklahoma Baptist University – made it clear Wednesday afternoon that Arkansas was still in the driver's seat.

In fact, Peavey and his dad are scheduled to come to Fayetteville within the week to try and firm things up with Arkansas and thus let schools such as Missouri, Kansas State, UCLA and Iowa know where they stand.

"Rafe has never wavered in his plan to come to Arkansas and he remains committed to the Razorbacks," Mr. Peavey said. "We are looking forward to coming down there Saturday, Sunday or Monday and meeting face-to-face with the coaches and kind of firming everything up."

Peavey passed for 1,901 yards and 18 touchdowns with just three interceptions as a junior while also rushing for 595 yards and 13 more scores.

He committed to former Arkansas head coach John L. Smith and his staff, just a couple of months after Smith took over on an interim basis after the Razorbacks had fired Bobby Petrino.

Former Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema then took over at Arkansas in December and he and Razorback offensive coordinator Jim Chaney assured the Peaveys that the Razorbacks still wanted the quarterback.

"Arkansas let us know that in both December and January that Rafe was its guy and things were all good," Jack Peavey said. "But we had a meeting with them in February with Coach Chaney and he said that he needed to see Rafe throw before he was all in. That kind of shook us up a little bit because we thought we all were already all in.

"I decided to use it as a teaching point for my son and we made the decision to just cover our bases just like Arkansas was doing," Peavey added. "So with that and how he did in some Elite 11 camps, people came flooding in with offers."

Chaney made it up to Bolivar quickly to see the younger Peavey - ranked as the 23rd-best quarterback in the country by Scout.com. - show off his arm.

"To Arkansas' credit, Coach Chaney was there the first day he could be to watch Rafe throw and Rafe just lit it up," Jack Peavey said. "Coach Chaney made it very clear he was all in at that point.

"But obviously we had talked to some other coaches and Rafe was just trying to make sure he was doing the right thing just like Arkansas was doing what it thought was the right thing," Peavey added.

"Everything has been great since then and I can't say enough about the relationship that Coach Chaney and Coach Bielema have developed with Rafe and that's why we are anxious to get down there," Peavey continued.

Peavey, who was the head coach at Southwest Baptist in 2005 and 2006, pointed out a couple of things about the recruiting process when it comes to quarterbacks.

"Everybody wants to nail down their quarterbacks in the spring and summer and not wait until this guys can actually take their five official visits like every other position," Peavey said. "Traveling all over the country would cost us a lot of money so we have to see if that is even something that we need to do.

"Hopefully we can get down there in the next few days and just get everything firmed up with Arkansas," Peavey said. "That is certainly our intention."

Jack Peavey has a daughter playing in the Missouri volleyball all-star game on Saturday.

"I'm not sure what time it will be over and if we will have a chance to get down there Saturday or have to come Sunday or Monday," Peavey said. "I have been following my sons all over the country with football and I want to be there for her Saturday."

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