Mesa's Pike is a ball-hawk looking for a home

Players go the JUCO-route for a number of reasons. San Diego Mesa S John Pike (5-11, 180) was a player who still had a ways to go before he developed into a solid football prospect, so he chose to play ball for the Olympians and this past season he posted huge numbers including a state-leading 10 interceptions...

Pike prepped at De Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona and was a bit on the small side.

"I was only like 140 or 150 pounds when I graduated and I didn't even start until the eighth game of my senior season," Pike told recently. "I mainly played corner in high school, but I knew I wanted to keep playing football and my sister was already a swimmer here at Mesa so I came here to keep playing and see what happened."

What happened is he added speed and size and he had a solid redshirt freshman season in 2008 when he posted 25 tackles and two interceptions as a nickel-back and then was named All-State and All-Conference after posting 60 tackles, 10 interceptions, 18 pass break-ups and one blocked punt.

"I think I have good instincts, so I can read where the quarterback is going to throw it and I have good speed (4.5) so I can get there in time to make the play," Pike added.

So far, schools haven't been knocking down Pike's door, but he's hopeful someone will give him a look.

"I work hard and I think I can make plays wherever a team needs me to make them," Pike said. "I'll play wherever they need me and do whatever they need me to do, so I'm hoping I get someone to take a look at what I can do.

"They won't be sorry if they give me a chance."

Pike already has his AA degree and he has two years of eligibility remaining.

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