Five-star quarterback Zeke Peke out of Dixie Heights High School (KY) was in Pittsburgh this past weekend for the Badger Sports New Level Athletics 7-on-7 competition. Pike has well over 20 offers, with Pitt being one of them. Even though Pitt has a new no-huddle, spread system that is quarterback-friendly, Pike didn't get a chance to check on Pitt's practice while he was in town.
"Not much, not much," Pike said, when asked if he knew much about Pitt's new system. "They offered me. Nothing personal against the Big East, but I probably want to play in the SEC, or the Big Ten, or the ACC."
This spring, Pike has spent a lot of time visiting schools in those three conferences. He visited a few recently, and has a few others planned for as early as next week.
"So far, we went to Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan, LSU and Arkansas," Pike said. "Next week, we're going to see Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and Auburn. After that, once spring recruiting is over, I'll probably narrow it down at the beginning of May, a top-eight or something like that, then try to (make a decision) before the beginning of the season. We'll see."
Pike quarterbacked a team by the name of Goon Squad, which featured a select number of players from several different areas. Four-star linebacker Deaysean Rippy out of Sto-Rox High School in nearby McKees Rocks was one of them. Pike felt pretty good about the competition he faced at the 7-on-7 in Pittsburgh.
"Last year, we played up at Michigan, at the regional one in Michigan," Pike said. "I think the talent is a lot better overall here; a lot better athletes and a lot better competition this time around. I think Badger Sports, the whole 7-on-7 has kind of picked up. It kind of added on a lot since last year. I feel like there were a lot of good players out here; good to compete against some of the best guys in the country."
He especially feels in his development as a quarterback, one that has offers from all over the country, this type of 7-on-7 competition is very beneficial to him.
"This is the guys you're going to be playing against in college, speed-wise," Pike said. "Where I play, in high school, you're not playing against these cornerbacks, these free safeties week-in and week-out. The game is not as fast as it is out here. It prepares you as far as just developing as a quarterback, and getting used to the speed of the game.
"This is our first tournament. It will kind of determine what else we decide to do this summer. I like it a lot. It's a lot like AAU basketball. You just come in here, compete and have fun. I really enjoy it."
As a junior this past season, Pike threw for over 2,500 yards and 27 touchdown passes. He also rushed for another 1,400 yards.