Auburn commitment Zeke Pike talks about his upcoming visit to the Plains, building relationships in…
Pike Talks Visit, Enrolling Early, And More
Fort Mitchell, Ky.—For Auburn commitment Zeke Pike the last few months have been a whirlwind of ups and downs as he finished out his career at Dixie Heights High. Winning the Sports Illustrated National Player of the Week earlier this year, Pike then had to sit and watch as his teammates lost in the first round of the playoffs. That's because Pike was suspended along with two teammates for the game because of an off-the-field situation. Declining to get into the specifics of what happened, Pike said over the weekend on his official visit he got to spend a lot of time with Coach Gene Chizik and the staff and everything is good with him and Auburn. "It was a mess," Pike said. "I'd rather not talk about it, but it was blown out of control. All the coaches know the truth, and that's all that really matters. I spent a lot of time with Coach Chizik this weekend," he added. "A lot of times he's so busy. Just being able to hang out with him a lot and spent a lot of time. My grandma and grandpa got to see the place, my sister did, so that was pretty cool." In addition to Chizik, Pike said he also spent a great deal of time with Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. The third-year Auburn coach has been rumored to be the front-runner for several head coaching jobs this year such as North Carolina. Pike said that's something he has considered, but it won't impact him one bit in his decision to choose Auburn. "We talked a little about it, but I chose Auburn for Auburn," Pike said. "It's hard to choose a university for coaches because they are going to come and go. Coach Malzahn is one of the best coordinators, if not the best, in the country so obviously people are going to try to give him offers that you can't turn down. That's something that when I committed there I kind of had in mind, but the thing is I have the ability to play in any offense. Even if Gus did leave it would be hard, but I think I could fit well in any system. I think that's an advantage for me." With the plan to graduate early and enroll at Auburn in January, Pike said he's currently one and a half credits short and is taking online classes at night through Success Academy to get the job done. That is both to fulfill his final requirement at Dixie Heights and for the NCAA. He said he's working hard to get that done while also preparing to get back to Auburn next week for the Iron Bowl. "I was going to take my official next weekend," Pike said. "Obviously there are a lot of recruits coming in so it's going to be a big weekend. I figure let them get the attention they need. I'll be able to go down and recruit some guys. There are supposed to be some studs coming. It should be a good weekend. "We're trying to end this class strong," Pike added. "If we get a couple of more in here I think we'll be sitting pretty good." After his return trip to Auburn Pike said he's working on heading out to San Diego before Christmas to work with famed quarterback coach George Whitfield. He is the man that worked with Cam Newton leading up to the NFL Draft and the two have been keeping in contact. Pike said if the opportunity presents itself then he's all for it. "I'm going out there, probably within the next two weeks, hopefully before Christmas and got out there and work a little bit with George," Pike said. "He's been good with Cam, and he's real familiar with Coach Malzahn's system. Just to go out there will be a lot of fun, and to get in the nice weather a little bit and just be able to throw the rock around. It'll be a lot of fun."
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