Arkansas quarterback pledge Rafe Peavey of Bolivar, Mo., is well aware that the better talent you have around you the better chance you have to be a successful signal caller.
That's why when Peavey (6-2, 212) got to Fayetteville on Friday he went straight to the Fred. W. Smith Football Operations Center to spend a couple of minutes with Houston, Texas, Westside wide receiver Frank Iheanacho (6-7, 220).
It was the first of his many attempts during the weekend for Peavey - who has already signed a financial aid agreement with Arkansas - to help round up talent for the Razorbacks.
"I got to meet him, it was real brief – maybe like two minutes," Peavey said of the wideout who visited Arkansas from Wednesday through Friday and then moved on to visit Oregon. "But it was a really good two minutes."
The weekend started with the news that Shreveport, La., Evangel wide receiver Jared Cornelius – an Arkansas pledge that was expected to come in with Peavey and Georgia prep cornerback Chris Murphy at mid-term - had taken a secret official visit to TCU and flipped to the Horned Frogs.
"The whole thing with Jared – well, we just move on to the next one," Peavey said. "I am just trying to do my part."
He quickly got got busy recruiting Arizona Western wideout Cody Hollister (6-4, 205), who had 70 catches for nearly 1,000 yards this season.br>
Peavey has taken on the role as unofficial recruiting coordinator among the recruits while keeping in touch with prospects that Arkansas has landed and still wants.
He noted that it was good to be a lot of them at the same time this weekend – in addition to being around current Razorbacks such as Hunter Henry, Austin Allen and Brooks Ellis, who hosted him this weekend.
"It went pretty well," Peavey said. "I enjoyed it. I didn't realize how funny everyone was. It was pretty cool. Every one got along great and that is what I was really looking for."
Peavey is coming off sparkling high school career in which he had 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 school-record 12-1 mark, passing for 2,294 yards and 16 touchdowns to four interceptions and rushing for 1,557 yards on 187 carries and 27 touchdowns.
Peavey will get a chance to compete for the starting job next season as he will enroll in January, go through off-season conditioning with Coach Ben Herbert and then be able to go through spring practice with the Razorbacks and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
"Really it is important for me to come down early and get a feel for things," Peavey said. "I will probably take a light load – like 15 hours and get in the weight room with Coach Herb to get me physically ready. Getting with Coach Chaney will be priceless."
He credits Arkansas on-campus recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser for helping with the transition.
"Coach Hauser has been a blessing throughout all this," Peavey said. "He has been awesome. He is always there to talk to when I have a questions. Always there at the drop of a hat. He always gets back to me."
He knows that some are speculating that he could come in and play next season, but he downplays that.
"I am just going to try and be the best quarterback I can be and let the rest take care of itself," Peavey added.
Peavey had been to the Catfish Hole restaurant before, but never during the festivities when the fans had been around for a recruiting weekend.
"That was something special," Peavey said. "That was pretty awesome. I did not expect that at all. Everybody was like 'wait until you go to the Catfish Hole."
He got to know Murphy more this weekend and they will be rooming together.
"I met him at the South Carolina game and hung out with him a little bit, but we got to know each other better," Peavey said.
He also got to meet with business professors.
"We actually got to meet with the business people so that was kind of cool," Peavey said. "We got to ask them all the questions that we need to."
Arkansas certainly is getting a player that it shouldn't have to worry about off the field.
"I have always just tried to do the right thing in all aspects of my life," Peavey said. "It's something that I have done from day one and followed my older brother, who taught me how to do all that. I just continue to do that."
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