Peavey signs financial aid agreement

Arkansas commit Rafe Peavey signed his financial aid agreement with the University of Arkansas Monday.

Rafe Peavey is a Razorback.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound Bolivar quarterback has been committed since he was a sophomore, but he signed his financial aid agreement with the University of Arkansas Monday to make it official.

"Rafe has championed the recruiting process in every way possible, just as he will as a quarterback at Arkansas," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "He is a dynamic player with unique skills and an obvious winning mentality in everything he does. We are excited to have him officially in the Razorback family."

Peavey said several classmates at Bolivar High School, close friends, family and others who have made a significant impact on his life attended the ceremony.

"It's really meaningful and it proves that hard work really does pay off," Peavey said. "It's really exciting for me and it shows that I am starting the next chapter of my life.

"I'm so blessed that I get the chance to play at Arkansas."

Peavey's dad, Jack Peavey, played in the NFL from 1985-1987 and served as an assistant coach for the Razorbacks from 1990-1991. Rafe Peavey will enroll at Arkansas for the spring semester and he said he will move into his dormitory around Jan. 10.

"I think it's a big advantage for many reasons," Peavey said of getting to enroll early. "Just getting the extra couple months of schooling is something I am really looking forward to. And then getting some more time to spend with Coach (Jim) Chaney and learn his offense and soak up everything he has to say.

"I think getting an extra six months is a big advantage for me."

Chaney, the Razorbacks' offensive coordinator, also recruited Peavey while he was at Tennessee. Peavey said having a relationship with him helped him keep a firm commitment to Arkansas.

"He's a great guy," Peavey said. "He's really funny and laid back for the most part, so I'm really looking forward to being in the meeting room with him for many days.

"It's going to be special learning from coaches at Arkansas. I'm blessed that he is going to be my quarterback coach and I get to learn from one of the best."

Peavey will join Brandon Allen, Austin Allen, A.J. Derby and Damon Mitchell at quarterback. He said he began developing a friendship with Austin Allen two years ago.

"We have grown to be really close friends and he is a close person and a phenomenal athlete," Peavey said of the younger Allen. "It's going to be pretty fun competing with him the next couple of years, so I'm really looking forward to that.

"We're both coaches' kids, so we both click that way. That will make two, well three, coaches' kids that are playing the position, so that's pretty cool."

Peavey had offers from several schools, including a few others in the Southeastern Conference, and put up video-game numbers in high school - passing for 5,990 yards and 54 touchdowns and 2,718 and 53 touchdowns on the ground in high school. Still, he said he does not expect to be named the starter in his first season

"Brandon was the starter this year, so I'm sure he will be at the head of the competition," Peavey said. "I'm sure he will do a great job next year, but I guess I will find out when I get down there."

Peavey's older brother, Kolton, plays for South Alabama. Rafe said skills he acquired while playing quarterback at Bolivar and some he learned from his brother should help him at the collegiate level.

"This year, we had like four returning starters coming back and we went 12-1, which was the first time Bolivar ever had 12 wins in a season," he said. "Playing a part in that had to do with the leadership aspect. And then I consider myself a very hard worker and I learned a lot of that from my older brother."

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