Pike Pumped About Visit, Getting To Auburn

Auburn commitment Zeke Pike talks about his upcoming visit to the Plains, building relationships in recruiting and possibly enrolling early.

Fort Mitchell, Ky.--A frequent visitor to Auburn over the last two years, Auburn quarterback commitment Zeke Pike will be making his official visit this weekend to the Plains as the Tigers take on Samford for Homecoming.

While he has been to the campus more times than he can count Pike said he's looking forward to his visit this weekend because it's going to give him the chance to show off his future home to his family.

"I'm excited," Pike tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "My whole family is coming down so it's going to be a good time. It's just different because now they can pay for my room and everything. My family is going to all be there. My sister hasn't been down and my grandma and grandpa haven't been down so them being able to come down and see everything will mean a lot to me.

"I'll pretty much just pick and choose what I want to see," Pike added. "I want them to see the campus and to be able to talk with Coach (Gene) Chizik, and to see the facilities and just let them do their presentation when they talk about the traditions and things like that. I just want them to be able to meet everybody."

Because of his previous visits Pike has had the opportunity to meet many of his fellow commitments. That has led to strong friendships being formed well before they become teammates. Tight end Darrion Hutcherson from Dadeville rode a bus from his hometown to Texas over the summer to play in a 7-on-7 tournament with Pike and he's just one of the guys who the big quarterback said has become a close knit group.

"It has been great," Pike said. "Me and Man (Hutcherson), Jaquay (Williams), Ricky (Parks), Shane Callahan and Cassanova (McKinzy), we are all really close. Our class has kind of built a special bond. It's going to be a lot of fun to continue to build these relationships. Guys like Jovon (Robinson) and T.J. (Yeldon) and different guys I have built relationships with, it has been a lot of fun. We all get along great."

While his senior season didn't finish the way he wanted as he was suspended from his team's playoff loss, when asked about the situation Pike chose to leave that in the past and focus on his future. That's a future that could start sooner than expected as Pike recently made the decision to try to enroll in January at Auburn so he can get in the offseason program and go through spring practice. Because of his late start to on that project he said he's putting in plenty of work to achieve his goal of being a college student in January.

"I'm taking online classes right now which is going to give me the ability to get the extra credits I need," Pike said. "It's more for my school to get done than for me just to be able to get the credits I need for the NCAA. Really I'm just doing it on my own time at home and then work out. It has kind of been nice.

"It's more work than I have done in high school so it's preparing me for college," he said. "Having the ability to go lift every day and get into a routine has been nice also. It's just great. I'm looking forward to getting down there."

If Pike is able to get everything done and enrolls early it would put him ahead of the curve as far as learning the offense and the quarterback position at Auburn. He said he is excited about the opportunity and is looking forward to working hard when he arrives.

"It's going to be an advantage for me to get down there and learn the system and go through winter workouts and spring practice," Pike said. "It's going to benefit me. I think it's a great opportunity for me to come down and compete and have a chance to play next year."

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