"It was a great visit," Pike tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I love being down there. It's a great place, it really is. I just love the environment. To go out and compete with top guys like Bennie (Bennie Coney, Plant City, Fla., High), he's a great quarterback. They are putting us up at the top. To be able to go out and compete and to get to know the place a little more is just great."
Making his second trip to Auburn in a matter of months, Pike says that with every visit he's becoming more and more impressed by what Coach Gene Chizik and his staff have to say and also by the university itself.
"We came down for a spring practice," Pike says. "Auburn is just a great place. Since I went down there from day one it has just been a feel that I just love. It feels like family. It's a great place.
"It's a Godly atmosphere," he adds. "I'm a Christian and it's a blessing to be down there. I just think it's a great place. I've said it from the start. I think Auburn is always going to be in my top five. There is something about Auburn I just love."
That may continue to grow throughout the next year after the Tigers told him they wanted to offer him a scholarship. Hearing that from one of his favorites only made the visit that much better says Pike.
"We got to meet with coach (Gus) Malzahn and meet with Coach Chizik a little bit," Pike says. "We talked with them about how they felt about me. They said they wanted me there and wanted me to be part of the family. That just makes me feel even better about myself. It's kind of like the cherry on top. To have a great feel about a place and then for them to offer you a scholarship and tell you they want you to be part of their family, that feels great."
Now with 10 offers including Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue and Texas A&M, Pike has a chance to make a quick decision and get the crazy world of recruiting behind him. He says at the moment though he's just focusing on learning as much about schools as possible and winning football games.
"Right now I'm hearing from a little bit of everybody all over the place," Pike points out. "A bunch of offers have come in, but right now I'm just open to anybody. I'm not ready to make any choices right now. Hopefully, after the season and into the summer I'll be ready to make a decision.
"It's just more about the team right now," he adds. "All this stuff is going to come. Keeping focused for my team and trying to reach our goal of winning a state championship is the key. The attention is going to come and go. It hasn't even really started yet. Schools aren't allowed to talk or write to you until the first. I think once Sept. 1 rolls around I'll get a better feel for who is going to recruit me hard."
Growing up in a football family as the son of former Georgia Tech and Buffalo Bill standout Mark Pike, Zeke says that has given him a better feel for how to handle things and he's just hoping to do his father proud in his football career down the road.
"There is some good and bad to it," Pike says. "My dad has always been my biggest supporter. He's always been my biggest hero. I have been blessed with genetics and that's fun. It's a football family. I just love playing."