Pike Came Away Impressed from Florida Visit

Zeke Pike, a 6-5, 230-pound former linebacker now signal caller, checks in from Ft. Mitchell (KY) Dixie Heights. He had a call from his high school coach saying that the coaches at Florida wanted him to take part in Friday Night Lights. Pike called quarterback coach Scott Loeffler and set up the visit.

"My family loved it down there," Zeke Pike said. "It was such a wonderful environment with amazing facilities and a coaching staff that really knows the game of football. That staff is very genuine in what they say."

It was the first visit for Pike and his family and one that made a lasting impression.

"I mean it's The Swamp. It's one of the greatest stadiums in the nation and Florida is one of the most prestigious programs in the country. We loved everything about it. We really hit it off with coach Loeffler. We got to spend time all day Friday when we got there and worked out under the lights and then spent more time with him on Saturday before we left."

Pike was also very impressed with the Head Gator, Urban Meyer.

"There is something about Coach Meyer that is really special. He doesn't come off intimidating at all and is very easy to talk to but at the same time when he wants to go work hard it's time to get it done."

Watching Pike at the start of camp it's very easy to see why so many programs around the country are extending offers including the Florida Gators.

"At the start of the camp I had some bad balls but then I got warmed up and started throwing the way I do. The one thing about quarterback coaches in college they are looking for guys that throw the ball a certain way. A bunch of coaches have told me that I have such a natural release that they really like the way it comes out of my hand. Coach Loeffler said you can't teach arm strength but the footwork and mechanics are things that you can improve on and they want to see a little more bend in my legs and use my hips more. Being 6'5 you always got to think about bending your legs."

Pike is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the 2012 class.

"I have roughly 20 offers right now. We are two weeks away from our first scrimmage and three weeks until our first regular season game. We have some real good wide receivers on my team. They are a little undersized but they are great and we have a great line and overall a really good team I am very excited to see what we can do. It's too early in the process for me to name a top five or anything like that but Florida is up there I love Florida."


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