NCF On The Trail: Rafe Peavey

Help is on the way: SEC 

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Almost midway through the season and teams such as Arkansas and Texas A&M have shown the obvious strengths of their teams with their running backs and wide receivers, respectively. But in most cases every team has an apparent weakness, too. Here’s a closer look at how each team in the SEC will address its needs through recruiting.

#AskLoogs: QB's game speaks for him

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Yes, Rafe Peavey will climb, but to where we are not sure. He is a gamer more than he is a practice-type player. When he gets into a rhythm, he can really impress. He has a unique personality. He does not talk. It’s tough to gauge his demeanor, which appears to help him keep an even keel through the peaks and valleys of a game. He isn’t as tall as his listed height, but he sees the field well. He doesn’t look like and athlete, but he is. He was a late addition to the Under Armour game and came in with a very workman-like attitude. He was there to prove he belonged, and he did just that. He’ll be a player that leads by example and the actions of his play.
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Here’s are a few: WR Isaiah McKenzie is a bolt of lightning. He can really run, and while he may lack ideal measurables, he has some Tavon Austin qualities. RB Jeff Jones has flown way under the radar during the recruiting cycle and has been very impressive with his speed and explosiveness. We are still trying to figure out why no one is recruiting OC Jacob Bragg. We are hoping this week will open up some eyes. He has looked good. Considering four of our six original QBs have gone down to injuries and won’t be playing, we have been pleased with the likes of Rafe Peavey, Morgan Mahalak and Sean White as well. DT Garrald McDowell may be undersized, but he has been overlooked much in the same was as Isaac Gross was a couple years back down here for a lack of size.
Three days of practice are now in the books and overall execution was sharper as the players begin to move into final preparations for the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday. The productivity of the players picked up as did the speed of the play, and they’re continuing to think less and display their natural ability more. It was a physical day, with the pads popping and some big hits throughout the practice. Here are some of the highlights.

Top performers


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Under Armour Early Offer 

December, 30, 2013
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily morning dose of recruiting.

Today’s Early Offering is coming to you from the Under Armour All-America Game. Here’s a sample of some of the top news from the event, including a look at who stood out on the first day of practices and a quarterback who hopes to make a big impression.

No. 1 preps for announcement
Seven of the nation’s top prospects will commit live during the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 (ESPN, at 4 p.m. ET), including the No. 1 player in the country, running back Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine). Fournette has stuck with his top two of Alabama and LSU and said both school’s hats will be in front of him when he announces. A Texas hat will be there too, but it’s down to the Tigers and Tide. Fournette said he’s tired of getting asked where he’s going to end up, but that thankfully will end in a few days. “It is just something I want to get off my shoulders,” he said. “Everybody has been nagging me about a thousand times. At the end of the day, it’s where I’m going to be most successful and most comfortable at.”


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Under Armour Game predictions 

December, 27, 2013
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- If past Under Armour All-America Games have taught us anything, it's that we should expect the unexpected. Yes, there are some announcements where there’s not a lot of drama and it’s just a case of a player going public with a decision that everybody has already known about for months. There will be others where there is plenty of suspense throughout the week of practices and the pick will cause controversy in the end. Heck, this is the same game that we saw Landon Collins’ mom become a YouTube sensation when she disagreed with her son’s decision to commit to Alabama and spurn LSU. It’s what makes the Under Armour Game special, and ESPN RecruitingNation’s Jeremy Crabtree has some predictions on what we’ll see over the next seven days.

Fournette won’t be bothered by attention
When you’re the nation’s No. 1 player, you’re already used to the spotlight and never-ending attention from fans and media. But at the UA Game, No. 1-ranked Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/St. Augustine) is going to be in a fishbowl even more than before. Everything he does this week will be documented for the whole world to see. Every rep in practice. Every interview after. Even when he’s hanging out in the hotel, there will likely be somebody there to tweet or discuss it. That will put a tremendous amount of pressure on Fournette, but those expecting him to fall at some point this week will be sorely disappointed. Fournette will prove once again on and off the field why he’s the best in the country and serve as an example of how other elite prospects should handle the recruiting process for years to come.


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Midyear Signings: Arkansas

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According to ArkansasRazorbacks.com, the following players have signed with the Hogs:

Rafe Peavey QB-DT Boliver, Mo./Boliver
HT: 6-2 WT: 210
Positional Rank: #9 QB-DT
Stars: 4
Under Armour All-American

Sebastian Tretola, OT, San Bernardino, Calif./Iowa Western CC
HT: 6-5 WT: 315
Positional Rank: No. 11 OT Juco
Stars: 4

Cody Hollister, WR, Bend, Ore./Arizona Western College
HT: 6-3 WT: 205
Positional Rank: No. 20 WR Juco
Stars: 3

Jared Cornelius, WR, Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Positional Rank: No. 202 WR
Stars: 3

Early Offer: Auburn has big day 

December, 19, 2013
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Is there anybody hotter on the recruiting trail than Auburn after its success with junior-college recruits?; Arkansas needs talent at receiver, and the Hogs received good news when one of its former commits returned to the fold; Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy can’t wait to get a juco playmaker in the lineup.

Auburn scores big with juco recruits
The junior college midterm signing period opened on Wednesday and Auburn came away the big winners. Despite relentless pursuit by LSU, Auburn signed receiver D'haquille Williams, the nation’s No. 1 player out of Mississippi Gulf Coast College. The Tigers also announced the signings of his teammate, four-star linebacker/safety Derrick Moncrief, defensive tackle DaVonte Lambert (Milledgeville, Ga./Georgia Military College), and offensive lineman Xavier Dampeer from Wesson (Miss.) Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Lambert, the No. 6 player in the ESPN JC 50, flipped from Tennessee to Auburn and gave the Tigers three of the top 14 players in the country. The Tigers are poised to crack the top 10 of the ESPN Class Rankings with more than a month left before signing day.

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SEC class rankings analysis 

October, 9, 2013
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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the SEC, check out our conference rankings:

1. Alabama, 21 commits: The Crimson Tide sit atop the RecruitingNation class rankings with a class that features 15 ESPN 300 prospects, including most recent commitment Ronnie Clark (Calera, Ala./Calera), the No. 96 overall prospect. Alabama remains in the hunt for several five-star prospects, including No. 1 overall Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine) and No. 9 Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover).


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Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

September, 30, 2013
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With the college football season nearing the halfway point, there is plenty of recruiting news each and every weekend. From Georgia’s big win over LSU with several key visitors to some big-time performances by SEC commitments, here is the latest.

Biggest commitment: ESPN 300 defensive end Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) committing to Georgia was a big one for the Bulldogs. With five-star outside linebacker prospect Lorenzo Carter (Norcoss, Ga./Norcross) being far from a lock for Georgia, adding a pass-rushing outside linebacker who fits Todd Grantham’s 3-4 was key after missing on Darrion Owens (Orange Park, Fla./Oakleaf) this summer. With Brown now in the fold, the Bulldogs can go after Carter, ESPN 300 Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and Alabama commitment Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) with the comfort of having one very capable prospect at the position in the fold.

Best weekend performances: Many SEC pledges were in action this weekend. Here's a look at some of the top performances over the weekend.

  • QB Rafe Peavey (Bolivar, Mo./Bolivar), Arkansas commit: The four-star prospect passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 260 yards and three scores on 18 carries in a 59-24 win over Marshfield.
  • RB Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown), Georgia commit: In what is becoming the Chubb Weekly Watch, the powerful ESPN 300 running back rushed for 370 yards and five touchdowns in Friday night’s 42-28 win over Southwest Whitfield. On his way to a 2,500-yard regular season, Chubb now has 1,359 yards.

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Jack Kraus picks the in-state Hogs 

April, 2, 2013
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Arkansas received a commitment Monday night from 2014 tight end Jack Kraus (Bentonville, Ark./Bentonville), multiple sources report.

Illinois and Utah State also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-5, 230-pound junior. Arkansas State, among others, showed interest.

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Watch List QB talks new SEC offer 

February, 3, 2013
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ESPN Watch List quarterback Rafe Peavey (Bolivar, Mo./Bolivar) has been an Arkansas commit since June, and he is still strong with his pledge. But even he had to think twice when he picked up his latest offer.


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Watch List QB Peavey finds Hogs positives 

November, 25, 2012
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ESPN Watch List quarterback Rafe Peavey (Bolivar, Mo.) committed to Arkansas back in June, and he has made sure to keep a close eye on the Razorbacks throughout the season. Although Arkansas had a rocky season, Saturday’s game against LSU gave him hope for the future.

Peavey was in attendance and watched Arkansas fall 20-13 to the Tigers. While the Razorbacks finished 4-8 for the season, Peavey said he was happy to see his future team fighting against a top-10 opponent.

“When I went down there, I was encouraged how hard the team played,” Peavey said. “Knowing they didn’t have that much to play for but still fought to the end, they really showed some heart.”

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Watch List loaded with Texas prospects 

September, 27, 2012
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Texas traditionally holds a large place in the initial ESPN player rankings, and the 2014 class proves to be no different. Of the athletes represented on the ESPN Watch List, 39 are from the Lone Star State.


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Class of 2014 dual-threat quarterback Rafe Peavey (Bolivar, Mo.) has made an early commitment to play for Arkansas, multiple sources report.

"Since there's not an NFL team in Arkansas, everybody loves the Razorbacks," Peavey told KSRP.com. "Their facilities are awesome."

Boston College, Connecticut, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Ole Miss, South Florida, UCLA and West Virginia also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-2, 205-pound signal-caller.

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