Pike Has More Than Like for the Tigers

Five-star quarterback Zeke Pike says he has a lot of love for Coach Gene Chizik's football program and says his heart is leading him to Auburn.

Ft. Mitchell, Ky.--Auburn's newest football commitment, five-star quarterback Zeke Pike, says he has no doubts that Auburn is the right place for him to attend college and continue his football career.

On Wednesday at Dixie Heights High School the junior announced that he will sign with Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers and added that he feels great about a decision.

"It has been a long journey," Pike said. "I never expected that I would be sitting here at this point and time in my recruiting process choosing where I want to go to school. I just experienced something at a school (Auburn) I fell in love with.

"I know my heart is there and I know it's where God is calling me," he said. "I know it's where I can better myself not only as a person, but as an athlete. Having said that I would like to announce I will continue my academic and athletic career and choose to be a part of the best fans and the best people and the best players at Auburn University."

Pike was in Auburn this past weekend for the annual A-Day football game. He had taken visits last year for a spring practice, a summer prospects camp and he also watched Auburn's victory over Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium in November.

"This past weekend we visited there for the spring game and really in my parents' mind and my mind the plan was to come back and narrow it down to a top five," Pike said. "Really it was just a feeling I got there. I can't explain it. It was just the presence of God being there. I felt like He was calling me. I felt like that's where He wanted me to be.

"It's a place I just fell in love with," the quarterback said. "The people there are unreal. The fans are unreal. The best part of it is that I get to sign in February with the national champions. I'm committed right now to the national champions. My goal is to be a part of that again. My goal is to get back to Atlanta and get back to the SEC Championship and one day be playing for the crystal ball again."

Zeke Pike throws a pass at a summer football camp.

The new Auburn commitments is the son of Mark Pike, a former star at Georgia Tech and an outstanding performer for the NFL's Buffalo Bills. Mark Pike played college football with Auburn's defensive coordinator, Ted Roof.

"I'm so blessed to have my mom and dad's support and be able to travel to places," Pike said. "Being able to go to all these different schools, we've been all over the country seeing the top schools in America. Just being able to see what every school has to offer there was just something about Auburn that made it more special.

"This being the fourth time I was down there I felt like every time I got more comfortable and more comfortable," Pike noted. "I just felt something in my heart that I knew was right. I knew it's what I wanted. I could see it in my family's eyes. We were all in awe of the place.

"I'm an Auburn Tiger and that's not going to change," he added. "There are a lot of kids that make this announcement this time of year and go back and change, but that's not what I am. I am true to my word. I'm an Auburn Tiger and I'm going to stay an Auburn Tiger. I'm going to sign with Auburn University. The last two years they've been a top five class in the country. This year we're going to be the number one recruiting class in the country. I can guarantee it."


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