Pike, who estimates that 40 schools have offered him a scholarship, hopes to narrow his focus to at least ten schools by the end of April. After visiting this weekend, the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder from Edgewood (Ky.) Dixie Heights says there's a "pretty good chance" UNC will make the cut.
Before the start of his senior football season, Pike is looking to make a verbal commitment.
"I want to go somewhere where I can be developed and be prepared for the next level," Pike said. "I want to go where I'm going to have a great relationship with the coaches. Also, I want to love being where I'm at for four-five years, regardless if it's football or not football – I want to be somewhere where I love being at."
Pike and his parents traveled to UNC on Saturday after spending the morning visiting Virginia. They remained in the area until Sunday morning.
"[UNC] is a good school and they have an NFL-friendly offense that's a pro-style set and they develop players to play at the next level," Pike said. "… The fact that it's Chapel Hill, it was something I wanted to see. And the fact that I have a scholarship there made me want to see it more."
Throughout his stay, Pike had several conversations with John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator, and Butch Davis.
"I got to talk Xs and Os with Coach Shoop and he showed me how he was going to prepare me to play at the next level," Pike said.
On Saturday afternoon, Pike was treated to UNC's spring practice session. There he received a close look at Shoop's coaching style.
"Coach Shoop is very energetic and he tries to make things fun and not always so serious but still stay on task and to stay on focus," Pike said. "He tries to get the best out of everybody. Practice was fun and it was really intense and there was a lot of energy on the field."
Pike's visit also included a full campus tour.
"It's a beautiful campus, the weather is unbelievable, and the people and the town is just really, really nice," Pike said.
Besides UNC and Virginia, Pike has made visits to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Iowa, Purdue, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
This week, Pike will visit Michigan. He'll then visit LSU this coming weekend and Arkansas the following weekend. He's also working on scheduling trips to Florida, Florida State, and Georgia.