Will Arkansas Football Be Able to Hold Onto 4-Star Quarterback Rafe Peavey?

By Curt Popejoy
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When it comes to college football recruiting, it’s never too soon to start thinking about next season. It seems as if every year teams start to seek out players earlier and earlier. So it wasn’t really a shocker when the University of Arkansas got a verbal commitment in June 2012 from an athlete who hadn’t played a snap yet as a junior. But for the Razorbacks, getting that commitment from quarterback Rafe Peavey is significant because he’s a 4-star recruit and one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the country out of Bolivar HS in Bolivar, Mo.

But as we all understand, a solid verbal is a long way from a signed letter of intent, so while Peavey is still a solid verbal at this point, a lot could change. With the addition of new head coach Bret Bielema, anything is possible. Peavey is a great athlete who comes from a spread offense that emphasized his running ability paired with a dynamic passing offense. He is a true dual threat weapon on offense and would fit perfectly in the modern college football landscape.

The question is: will Bielema and the Razorbacks implement such an offense or will he instead revert back to his old tricks of a traditional run heavy, pass light offense? If it’s the latter, I’m not sure Peavey will stick around. I’ve had the good fortune of seeing Peavey play in high school and I look forward to seeing it again this year. He’s a natural athlete, smooth as a runner, calm in the pocket and with a lively arm.

With the talent on the roster currently, there’s a good chance the Razorbacks will put a more dynamic offense in place, so the odds are good that, assuming this team shows some real growth, they will be able to keep Peavey. He’s very talented and while he won’t be called on to start right away, he would have a bright future at Arkansas.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft, and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on twitter @nfldraftboard.



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