Storey hopes to play against Peavey

Arkansas quarterback commit Ty Storey hopes to compete against fellow commit Rafe Peavey at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Last year, Bolivar quarterback Rafe Peavey committed to the Razorbacks in June, prior to the 2012 Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Although Charleston quarterback Ty Storey also played in the event a year ago, the 2015 prospect is following in Peavey's footsteps this time around.

Storey committed to Arkansas last month and he and Peavey will get the chance to compete in the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase for the second year in a row, but this time both signal callers will be participating as Arkansas commits.

"Hopefully we'll get up there and be able to play against each other," Storey said of Peavey. "I think we're friends, but in the end, it's a competition."

Storey said he expects to build a stronger friendship with Peavey now that the two quarterbacks are both committed to the Razorbacks. He also said he has been impressed with Peavey, a 2014 prospect, as a player.

"I've been to a few camps with him and I've seen him up in Fayetteville a few times," Storey said. "We aren't real close yet, but we will be.

"He's a quick guy. He's a runner and he's just an athlete. He's an overall great athlete and I think he has a bright future."

The Arkansas assistant coach who likely played the biggest role in getting a commitment from Storey was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jim Chaney. Storey said while he enjoys events like the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase and is focused on bringing a state championship or two to Charleston, he is excited to work with Chaney in the future.

"It feels great to be committed," Storey said. "I'm 100 percent a Hog and I think they're 100 percent on me. Rafe and I are going out there, trying to get better, but I think we're ready to work with Coach Chaney and see how good we can actually get and hopefully in the future, lead the Razorbacks to brighter things."

Before joining Bret Bielema at Arkansas, Chaney coached at Tennessee, serving as the offensive coordinator and Tyler Bray's positional coach. He also coached Drew Brees during a stint at Purdue.

"We've hit it off so far," Storey said of Chaney. "He really knows how to coach and he has been giving me a lot of great pointers. Overall, he can make me a better quarterback. And straight up, he told me I can help them and they're going to be able to help me, so I think that it's going to be a great place to be."

As a sophomore in 2012, Storey passed for 4,397 yards and 48 touchdowns. He also completed 65 percent of his passes and threw just 11 interceptions in 503 attempts.

Storey has no concerns about bettering his numbers, however. He said he is hopeful the entire team improves this year.

"We're just looking to get better as a team and obviously win," Storey said. "I think if we win, everything else will take care of itself. All of those stats can get blown out of proportion, but it's all about winning. I'll do whatever it takes to win. If I have to turn around and hand it off a little more to win, I'll do it."

Storey also said he believes the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase will be part of the improvement process.

"This tournament is a good opportunity to get on the same page with my receivers and we're playing against great competition, so we have to be on the same page and do everything right," he said. "We're going to see some of the best athletes here that we'll see all year, so it will put us in game plan mode and we're looking forward to going out there and competing."

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