Only a sophomore, Zeke Pike has received attention from several schools all over the nation. But he knows there's still work to do. "The most important thing would be to master my footwork and mechanics," said Pike. "I want to throw a perfect tight spiral. I want to work on my aiming points and keep improving on them," he continued.
Despite Pike's area for improvement he's got a long list of suitors at this point. "I'm hearing from a little of everybody. I'm hearing the most from Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, Eastern Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson and Boston College," he said. Pike's also receiving mail from UCLA and USC. "I've probably heard from over 30 different schools. It's just a blessing," he said.
Pike's size and skill at quarterback make him a valuable player, but his tenacity and ability to make plays is a big asset. "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," he said. "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," finished Pike.
Dixie Heights hopes to improve on their record from last season and Pike will do what he can to make that happen through his off-season work with his teammates. "This summer has been big for me. I've been really working on the little things. The mechanics, footwork and timing," he said. "I'm throwing with my receivers and getting timing. I'll never be comfortable where I'm at. I want to keep improving," he said.
Pike will be taking several visits to camps this summer and he's already had a strong showing at the Elite 11 in Columbus (Oh.). According to Scout.com's Scott Kennedy, Pike may have been one of the two best passers in attendance, regardless of classification. "This spring I'm going to Purdue, Kentucky, Auburn, Georgia Tech and some schools that are further away we're saving for camp days," he said. "I'm going to Iowa as soon as school is out. When we get back from Iowa, the next day we're going to South Carolina," he said.
Pike's biggest goal at this point is still winning a state championship for his high school. "Obviously there's always going to be the goal to win a state championship," he said. "That's something that's never been done at Dixie."
As far as personal goals, those that Pike mentions are attainable for the sophomore. "I just want to improve as a quarterback. I want to be the leader in passing yardage in Kentucky. I think I have a good chance to be one of the top players in my class," said Pike.