Pike Excited About The Future

Zeke Pike discusses his trip to Auburn, recruiting and more.

Ft. Mitchell, Ken.—Rated as the nation's number five quarterback prospect, Auburn commitment Zeke Pike got his recruiting out of the way early and since then he's been working on helping the Tigers towards another top-rated recruiting class in 2012.

This weekend Pike was on the Auburn campus to get another visit in with Coach Gus Malzahn before his season begins. While he was there he also had the opportunity to spend time with the nation's top wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

"We'll see how it goes," Pike said. "Him being there and on campus is big. He brought his family. Hopefully it will be a special weekend for him."

It is a task that Pike has taken on with open arms, that of being another recruiter for the Tigers. Building friendships with several top prospects, some of whom have committed to Auburn including Darrion Hutcherson, Ricky Parks and others, Pike said it's something that is fun to him.

"It has been a lot of fun building relationships with guys," Pike said. "Some have gone other directions and some are getting closer to Auburn. I'm just trying to continue to build those relationships and get the best players in the country because they're going to be my teammates one day."

After suffering a shoulder injury late in his junior season, Pike has been working to get back into full swing throwing the football after having surgery late in the spring. That got started in June with a passing tournament in Texas and it hasn't slowed down since.

"I'm 10 weeks post-surgery and I feel pretty good," Pike said. "I haven't been hit yet and probably won't have contact until the first game, but I feel pretty good. I feel good, now it's about getting stronger.

"It was big," he said of the summer. "We had a 7-on-7 in Dallas and it was the first time I had thrown in five weeks. Then I went out to the Elite 11. Really I'm just building my arm strength back up. It has been helpful. Obviously going out and competing is a lot of fun."

Most recently Pike put on a solid performance at the Elite 11 competition as he gears his game towards his senior season at Dixie Heights high. With recruiting on the back burner and his future in front of him Pike said he's just excited and ready to get it going.

"It's going good," Pike said. "Really I'm just trying to make it about my high school team. Making a decision to Auburn a while back was really, really helpful for me. I was able to relax and not have to worry about the recruiting process anymore. Just being able to spend a lot more time with your team is helpful. I'm just trying to make it a special summer for them. Obviously the Elite 11 was huge and big accomplishment, but it has been a good summer."

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