Pike Raves About Arkansas

It appears that Arkansas made quite the impression this past weekend on Fort Campbell (KY) Dixie Heights quarterback Zeke Pike (6-6, 235, 4.7), who is the nation's third-best signal caller in the 2012 class and a top 25 player overall according to Scout.com.

You can now put Arkansas solidly in the mix for the signature of one of the nation's top 2012 quarterbacking prospects.

Zeke Pike (6-6, 235, 4.7), who passed for over 2,500 yards and ran for another 1,400 last season for Fort Campbell (KY) Dixie Heights, took an unofficial visit to Arkansas and left very impressed.

"I really, really enjoyed it," Pike said. "It's a great town, I think I really fit in well with the players and the coaches, I think this is a place that I could really develop and it is a place where I believe I would love playing my college football."

Pike, a five-star prospect, is ranked by Scout.com as the number three quarterback in the nation and the No. 25 players overall in the 2012 class.

He has over 50 offers and a timetable on narrowing things down.

"I am going to get it down to eight schools by the end of April or the first of May and Arkansas will definitely be one of those," Pike said. "I want to let the spring recruiting happen, see who comes in to see me and those kind of things.

"Then I'll narrow that eight down to three that I will take official visits to and try to do that right as my high school season is starting," Pike added. "I also don't rule out just making a decision sometime this summer."

Pike enjoyed getting to watch Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino – a former NFL coach - and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee work with their quarterbacks.

"Coach Petrino has developed NFL quarterbacks and coached them so he knows exactly what is needed to get to the league," Pike said. "Watching their practice, you see how much those coaches know. They get in a lot of reps, cover everything, use NFL terminology and leave no doubt they know what they are doing. It's a very unique opportunity for me."

Pike got a chance to meet outgoing Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, who was on campus getting ready for the 2011 NFL draft at the end of the month.

"He seems like a great guy and is really a great quarterback," Pike said. "That speaks to what they are doing at Arkansas and how they get quarterbacks ready."

Pike has already been to five schools for unofficial visits this spring and will go see Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and Auburn before the spring is over.

He will be joined on those trips by his dad Mark Pike, a former Georgia Tech and Buffalo Bills linebacker.

The elder Pike, who came on the visit to Arkansas with his son, finished up his 12-year NFL career in 1998.

"I just want to see as many school as possible, see what their campus is like, see how I would fit in as a student and a football player," Pike said. "That is what I am looking for and will go a long way in helping me make up my mind."

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