Pike, the younger brother of former Bearcats quarterback Tony Pike, is back on the field after sitting out last season due to Ohio High School transfer rules when he left Reading High School for Elder High School prior to the 2011 school year.
"I'm not sure I understand the rule and it was rough and hard to watch every game and not be out there," said Pike. "But I feel the move has helped me as there is more competition here and I'm being pushed more than what I was use to at Reading."
A lot will be expected out of the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Pike this fall as he looks to play on both sides of the ball. At 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, Pike will get reps at tight end and defensive end for the Panthers in the always tough Greater Catholic League.
"I've been playing tight end this preseason to get the playbook down," said Pike. "But they also plan on playing me at defensive end this season. It doesn't really matter to me what position I play as long as I can get on the field and help the team."
While Pike only attended two camps this summer, one was with the hometown Bearcats.
"I camped at Cincinnati for their Friday Night Lights camp," said Pike. "It went pretty good but it was kind of short and I didn't get as many reps as I thought there would be. But I feel I got noticed a little bit.
"I've talked with Mark Elder the most out of the coaches. I worked out as a tight end at their camp."
One thing helping the Bearcats if they choose to pursue Pike comes from the many memories stored in his mind.
"It was a great time going to watch Tony play at Nippert," said Pike. "I loved being part of all that stuff that happened when he was there."