Peavey provides player's perspective

Based on his perspective, his talent and his leadership, Rafe Peavey has chance to be key in Razorbacks' recruiting.

With Rafe Peavey's financial aid agreement signed, sealed and delivered, he is recruiting others to play for the Razorbacks.

The 6-foot-2, 212-pound quarterback said he will be able to provide fellow players with something more than "coach speak."

"I have the chance to give them the view from a player's perspective," Peavey said. "Because a lot of what they are hearing is coming from coaches all the time, so I think it's good to have someone to relate to."

Peavey named about five players who he has built relationships with. Some of whom are committed to other schools, but he is hoping to see flip their decision to Arkansas.

Another player he has a relationship with is Arkansas commit and four-star offensive lineman Jovan Pruitt.

"I got to meet Jovan a while back and our relationship is pretty good," Peavey said. "I can't wait to play with him. He's a great offensive lineman and we're going to have to establish a great line to win championships and I think he brings that skill set to the table."

Peavey will enroll at Arkansas in January and said he may have the opportunity to host players for visits, but is not sure about that yet.

During his senior year of high school, Peavey set a plethora of records and had the chance to go to a couple of Elite 11 events prior to the season beginning.

He attended the Dallas Elite 11 regional event in April and was at the Chicago Elite 11 in May.

"I felt like I performed pretty well up there," Peavey said. "It was a great experience getting to compete in those regions and seeing how I stacked up against those guys.

"I love competing and going to the Elite 11 was a neat experience, just getting to meet all of these other quarterbacks."

Despite ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer naming Peavey one the top six performers following the Chicago Elite 11, Peavey was snubbed of the chance to go to Beaverton, Ore. for The Nike Opening.

"He came up to me and talked to me afterwards and told me I had helped my chances and that it looked likely that I would make it, but he didn't pick me," Peavey said. "That was kind of weird."

During his senior season, Peavey led Bolivar to its first 12-win season in school history. He won 32 games throughout his career and did so without playing more than one drive in the second half 26 times.

"I like being out there on the field," Peavey said. "But I also like winning. It's kind of an accomplishment, but at the same time, I would rather be playing. The fun part isn't sitting out for an entire half and it doesn't help out my stats or anything.

"But the only stat I care about is winning."

Despite not caring about his personal statistics, he put up gaudy numbers in high school. His career totals included 2,718 yards rushing and 53 touchdowns while also completing 317 of 473 pass attempts for 5,990 yards and 54 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions.

He earned first-team all-state honors his senior year after leading Bolivar to a 12-1 record, passing for 2,294 yards (12.4 yards per attempt) and 16 touchdowns to four interceptions and rushing for 1,557 yards on 187 carries (8.3 yards per carry) and 27 touchdowns.

"It's an honor I am extremely grateful for," Peavey said. "I worked very hard for it and if you look at the team, we weren't projected to come anywhere near 12-1. I just got the team together and talked to them multiple times.

"We had a guy quit about a week before the season and I had all the senior captains over and we brought him to our house and talked to him. In the weight room, I can remember pounding it into their heads that we weren't projected to do very well, but we ended up winning 12 games

"We had a chip on our shoulders, but I wanted to prove people wrong and I feel like we did that year. I'm grateful for the teammates and coaches around me that I had."

Peavey will have a new set of coaches in about one month. He said that is the aspect of the early enrollment he is going to enjoy the most.

"I'm looking forward to working with (offensive coordinator) coach (Jim) Chaney," he said. "He really is one of the best quarterback coaches and he can develop quarterbacks and make them great. He has one of the best minds in college football.

"Getting to learn from him and getting in the weightroom with Coach (Ben) Herbert is going to be beneficial.

"Being able to go and compete is something I'm looking forward to, as well. There is some great competition at Arkansas with Brandon Allen, Austin Allen, (Damon) "Duwop" (Mitchell), and (AJ) Derby. They're all awesome, so I'm looking forward to being around them every day."

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