In February of 2012 Zeke Pike will sign a national letter of intent to attend a school and play college football. At that time he'll have a choice to attend one of many choices, including 14 schools who have currently offered scholarships. One of those offers is from the Kentucky Wildcats.
"(The offer) was a blessing," said Pike. "Every offer that has came in has been a blessing but from UK; it meant a lot," Pike continued. "I was the first in-state player (in the 2012 class) to be offered by both UK and Louisville and that's special to me. It shows that they want me," he said.
While Pike has yet to start a game at quarterback for Dixie Heights High School (Ky.), he has built a strong reputation this spring and summer as one of 2012's best quarterbacks.
"I feel like as a quarterback, I can stay in the pocket. I've got good arm strength. I can throw downfield and over the middle. I have good accuracy. I'm just a play-maker. I keep the play alive. If something has to happen and I have to scramble, I can get out of the pocket and make a play," he said.
When Pike steps on the field as a senior in the fall of 2011, he hopes to have his decision made.
"I think I want to be able to make a decision before my senior year. When September 1st comes, I will start to get a good feel for who is wanting me the most," he said. "I have heard or gotten mail from just about everybody in the nation, so I'd like to make that decision before my senior season," he continued.
Pike's father, Mark, played in the NFL and is native to the state of Kentucky, so Zeke calls the Commonwealth home.
"I was born and raised in Kentucky," said Pike. "My dad went to Dixie Heights as well. I guess there is good and bad to that, but in my eyes he's my dad and that's it. He was a blue-collar NFL player that worked his butt off and had a blessed career," he said.
So with Kentucky being one of the home teams, how do the Wildcats and Joker Phillips stack up?
"Coach Phillips is a player's coach and he builds relationships with his recruits. A lot of head coaches are more of the final say in the recruiting process, but Coach Phillips was the one who told me I had a scholarship and that's special. Coach (Chuck) Smith is who is recruiting me and he's a great guy. I still want to get the coaches more," he said.
Pike has visited the UK campus and hopes to get a chance to see a game at Commonwealth this fall.
"It was really nice and the facilities were cool. I want to see what the atmosphere is like on game-day," Pike finished.
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