The Notre Dame coaching staff wanted to get a few of their top prospects for the 20112 recruiting class on campus Tuesday for their one-day camp and Zeke Pike (6-foot-5, 225 –pounds) definitely fits into that group.
While Pike is familiar with the Irish coaching staff, he is just starting to learn about Notre Dame. If everything fits into place, he'll likely learn a lot more about both in the coming months.
"I knew coach Hinton and coach Kelly from Cincinnati, seeing them here and there and seeing them at some games," Pike said. "I talked to coach Hinton on the phone and he said that they wanted me up there for the camp and they wanted me up there bad. I guess that's what made me want to go up there.
"After the camp was over I talked to coach Molnar a little bit. He was honest with me, and said that they are trying to finish up with the 2011 class. They haven't offered any quarterbacks in the 2012 class. He said that I'm on top of their board, and that they really like me, and they're going to recruit me hard. They'll probably watch a couple games and make a decision after that."
.If the list of schools pursuing Pike at this time is any indication of what his written offer sheet will look like, Notre Dame may want to make a quick decision on whether they want to jump in the game.
"I have a bunch of verbal offers right now," he said, ‘But I'd say the schools that are paying me the most attention right now are Purdue., Louisville, Kentucky, Oklahoma, State, Clemson, Boston College, Auburn, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Oklahoma, Florida State, Indiana, and South Carolina. I think they're all keeping in touch with me and showing me that they want me there.
"After we sent my film out to a bunch of schools, I got a lot of positive feedback. A lot of schools were surprised about my arm strength, my size, and my athletic ability. I went to some spring practices here and there. Then I started to get some verbal offers. Purdue was the first school to offer me, and then Louisville and Kentucky offered. Things really started to take off from there. It's just been a blessing… it really has."
Regardless of whether Notre Dame signs a quarterback in the 2011 class, you can be certain that Pike will be hearing from the Irish staff frequently from here on out. For both parties, this was a good first step in toward building a solid relationship.
"Obviously Notre Dame is one of the most prestigious schools and I don't think anyone can deny that," Pike said. "As far as tradition and prestige they're at the top. I think being able to go up there and see the atmosphere up there was really great."
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