Each year there seems to be one grid recruit that gets out ahead of the pack as the most well-known Arkansas football target.
This year that prospect is highly-touted Fort Mitchell (KY) Dixie Heights junior quarterback Zeke Pike (6-6, 235, 4.7), who will arrive in Fayetteville on Friday on an unofficial visit to watch the Razorbacks practice.
Pike, who has some 50 scholarship offers and is a four-star prospect per Scout.com, is anxious to take his first on-campus look at Arkansas.
He likes the fact that Ryan Mallett is headed to the NFL and redshirt junior Tyler Wilson – Mallett's heir apparent - is an older quarterback.
"It's a good situation for me to come in and have a chance to compete to play early, possibly play my freshman season or redshirt and play four years after that," Pike told Hawgs Illustrated earlier this year. "It's a good situation. They run a pro-style offense, which is what I am looking for.
"Arkansas is going to be at the top of my list, at least top 10," Pike added. "It's a great place. They have a program they are building and I think they have great people there."
Some of the other 2012 standouts set to be on hand this weekend are linebackers A.J. Turner (6-2, 200) of East Poinsett County and Kwontie Moore (6-2, 230) of Norfolk (VA) Christian School and wideout Nathan Holmes (6-1, 185, 4.4) of Port Arthur, Texas.
Pike finished his junior season with 2,500 passing yards and 27 touchdowns, but also rushed for another 1,400 yards and 17 more scores.
That certainly corresponds with Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu's assessment of Pike.
"Pike has excellent size, but he is not a statue," Truie noted. " He can move and throw on the run very well. He has the arm to make all the throws and easily gets the ball down field. Having only started one season, he just needs to gain experience and improve on some of the little things like going through progressions and making quick reads. From a physical standpoint, he has it all and he's a hard worker who has put the time in towards getting better."
Pike has already made unofficial visits to North Carolina, Michigan, LSU and Kentucky.
He has plans to tour Arkansas this weekend, then head to Purdue (his first offer), Tennessee, Clemson, Florida State and Auburn, where he will see the Tigers' spring game.
He is also interested in Florida, Iowa and a plethora of other schools.
"Every school I could ever want to have an offer from, I have one from," Pike said. "It's a blessing. I never expected it to be this hectic and this crazy, but it is a blessing from God. I thank him every day that I have the opportunity to choose where I want to go to school."
Pike is the son of former Georgia Tech and Buffalo player Mark Pike, who will accompany him this weekend.
"My dad has seen it all and been at every level of the game," Pike said. "It helps for him to also be able to pick their brain. Him being my dad, he wants somebody to care for me just as much as he would. His input helps a lot and we have personalities that just really connect."
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