SPRINGDALE - While it was certainly not a day to remember on the field at the Southwest Elite Showcase for his young and inexperienced Bolivar (Mo.) football team, Arkansas quarterback commit Rafe Peavey will always remember his Friday.
That's because Peavey got a chance to meet, talk with and get a picture with one of his idols – former Heisman Trophy winner and current New England Patriot Tim Tebow.
"During last season my teammates gave me the name Rafebow because I guess we look alike and kind of play alike," noted Peavey, also a strong runner. "It was pretty cool meeting him because he has been my role model for a really long time because of the way he handles himself off of the field. It was really special and I got a picture with him. It was just awesome.
"Getting to meet him has been a goal of mine for a long time so I guess I can mark that off the bucket list now," Peavey added.
Both Tebow– in Springdale to speak at the Influencer's Rally that was associated with the tournament - and Peavey (6-2, 212) are unabashed about wearing their faith on their sleeve so to speak.
"My faith is very important to me and I want to conduct myself like he does off the field," Peavey said. "He's just awesome when it comes to that."
Tebow (6-3, 240) is definitely in great shape and he looks to land a spot with New England after stints the past two seasons with Denver and the New York Jets.
"He is massive," Peavey said. "You can tell he has been in the weight room."
Peavey will be back in Arkansas next weekend when the Razorbacks host several junior college and high school prospects – some on official visits and some on unofficial ones.
"I think we are having all of our commits there to just mingle and try to sway some commits that are on the fence," Peavey said. "Hopefully we can just talk to some guys and let them know why we committed and all the pluses we saw about Arkansas."
Peavey says he is trying to do his part almost daily in recruiting.
"I have a couple of (recruiting) contacts on almost daily," Peavey said. "I am building some friendships and relationships and get a couple of more guys on board so we can really get this thing rolling."
Peavey recently got to tour the Razorbacks' new Fred W. Smith Football Operations Center.
"It's amazing," Peavey said. "I am just so excited that I am going to be down there and be a part of that, play in it and work out.
"I'm pretty sure there is a movie theater in there, too," Peavey joked. "It has everything. Four pools that are just massive. It's just awesome."
Bolivar went 0-7 in pool play on Friday, but that's not surprising because 7-on-7 is not the Liberators' forte.
"We only had a few practices to get ready for this and we don't really play 7-on-7 during the summer except here," Peavey said. "We just use this to learn the playbook a little bit. This is our only 7-on-7 tournament."
Peavey is taking his role as the team's leader very seriously.
"We have young guys who haven't played before who are just learning their routes so I am kind of in a teaching role and adapting to that," Peavey said. "But they are coming along as we go. We are such a really young team and I am just really taking to my role as a leader."
Peavey alternated on Friday with his backup, but will take all the snaps as bracket plays gets underway on Saturday.
"I get two and he gets one because last year I threw so many balls on Friday that my arm was just dead by the end of the day," Peavey said. "That way I'll be ready to get after it on Saturday."
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