Pike, who also has verbal offers from Purdue, Kentucky, Ohio, Eastern Illinois and Toledo, will play quarterback next season after playing tight end and linebacker as a sophomore. Pike was named one of the top overall performers at the Elite 11 tryouts in Columbus, Ohio this spring.
"He hasn't played a whole lot of quarterback," said Pike's coach Tom Spritzky. "We had a senior quarterback last year and Zeke was the backup as a sophomore. He only played about five snaps at quarterback at the varsity level the whole year. But he contributed to our team on the defensive side of the ball and at tight end. He did start for us at outside linebacker, and he also put his hand down as defensive end."
While Pike only played quarterback on the junior varsity level season, he's drawing serious recruiting interest this spring because of his bloodline, size and athleticism. Pike, whose father played 11 seasons for the Buffalo Bills, including on four Super Bowl teams, runs a 4.6 forty – impressive speed considering his 6'5, 230 frame.
"We let him play at the JV level because we don't have a lot of quarterbacks in our program," Spritzky said. "Zeke got some experience playing the position because he'd never played quarterback before his freshman year. So we let him play and he did some really good things, but he was a man amongst boys at the JV level because of his size and athleticism."
Besides outstanding athleticism, Pike also possesses a strong, accurate arm. Though Louisville, Kentucky and Purdue haven't come right out and stated they're recruiting Pike as a quarterback you'd have to believe that's how those programs view him for the future.
"None of them are really saying they want [Zeke] as a quarterback," Spritzky said. "They want to give it this year and next to really decide if that's where he's going to play. I think he could be a good tight end or defensive end. He's already about 6'5 and 230 and I think a lot of the schools that have already offered feel the same way. I think he would prefer to play quarterback but he hasn't played enough for Division 1 schools to say they're recruiting him as a quarterback."
Pike is expected to hit the camp circuit this summer.