Pike arrives this weekend

One of the country's top quarterbacks in the class of 2012 will be back in Clemson for the first time since June.

QB Zeke Pike Profile

Dixie Heights High School (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) junior quarterback Zeke Pike will start the six-hour drive from Kentucky on Friday night.

"This will be my first time back since I came this past summer to throw a little bit," he told CUTigers earlier this week.

Pike visited in June for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. While there, he worked out for offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Billy Napier.

Earlier this fall, Clemson sent in their offer, joining the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Oklahoma State.

"It was just me and my dad [former Georgia Tech/Buffalo Bill linebacker/defensive end Mark Pike] that came down for the camp. I got to work out for coach Napier a little bit, spend some time with him and coach Swinney," Pike said. "I just kind of got a little bit of a feel for them, see around the facilities—things like that."

He'll be joined by his dad—mom and little brother might come along for this weekend's trip.

"We have our first round of the playoffs this week. We have to go a little south in Kentucky," Pike said. "I think we're just going to leave from there and drive a little bit, get a hotel, and try to finish it off in the morning."

The trip will be his first game day experience in Clemson.

"I'm just trying to get a feel for the atmosphere. Everybody I've talked to said Death Valley is pretty great," he said. "I'm trying to get a little feel for the atmosphere, the fans, the tradition that comes with. I'm excited to see how that goes."

Pike has visited Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue and Iowa this season. A trip to Auburn is on deck for next weekend. Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas are potential destinations for the remainder of the season.

As a junior, he's thrown for 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 950 yards and scored 14 times on the ground.

The Scout.com four-star signal caller has a few criteria in mind as he evaluates schools.

"It's more going to be about relationships, where I feel like I'll fit at and where my heart's at. Everybody's got nice facilities and the nice things. It's going to be more about relationships," Pike said.

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