Zeke Pike, the Scout.com four-star from Dixie Heights High School (Fort Mitchell, Ky.), spent his Saturday in Clemson for the 14-13 win over N.C. State.
It was the first trip to Tigertown since a camp stop this past summer.
"It was really good--definitely a different atmosphere," Pike told CUTigers on Sunday. "I got to see how crazy the fans were--a lot of different things. It was good."
"After the trip, it made it evident to me that Clemson is definitely a school that's going to be at the top of my list. A lot of good things came out of it."
Head coach Dabo Swinney, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Billy Napier, recruiting coordinator/wide receivers coach Jeff Scott and offensive guards and centers coach Brad Scott.
"I just kind of got to pick the coach's brains apart a little bit," Pike said. "I got to talk with coach Swinney, coach Napier and both of the coach Scotts. I got to see how they felt about me. They all told me that I was their number one guy and the quarterback position was one they needed to get in the 2012 class."
Pike is well-versed in how things are shaping up at Clemson.
Zeke Pike has Clemson listed high on his list after a great visit this past weekend. (Roy Philpott)
"After that, they don't really have a stud quarterback. Their recruiting class for the '11 class, they do have two quarterbacks that are pretty good. They're really just trying to emphasizing that they need a guy from the '12 class that could be a three-year starter. That was good to hear that from them, just knowing that the quarterback situation could work out pretty good."
With Charone Peake already committed to the 2011 class and Sammy Watkins taking a hard look at Clemson, Pike's knows that Clemson quarterbacks will have the luxury of throwing to some very talented set of receivers.
"If they get [Watkins] to commit, they're probably going to have one of the top receiving corps in the country," Pike said. "That's important for a quarterback, too."
A reasonable shot at playing time is also important.
"I want to go somewhere that I can play--go somewhere that I could potentially have a shot to go in, maybe redshirt and then be the guy. That means something, definitely," he said.
The Clemson coaching staff plans to stay heavily involved with Pike.
"They really want me to come back down and be around them as much as I can--comeback down in the spring for a spring practice," he said. "They said they're going to plan to get back up my school."