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Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:41 am

4/21 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The NBA playoffs have been fantastic so far this year. Would be great to see such a system in college football...

- Receiver Trent Sewell has offers from UCLA and Washington State and is getting plenty of attention but he's only taking calls at home.

- Virginia Tech is planning on a big recruiting weekend and is expected to host more than 50 recruits for their spring game.

- Arizona tight end Blake Jackson travelled 1,200 miles but it paid off as he picked up an offer from Arkansas

- Some more on the commitment of quarterback Zeke Pike to Auburn.
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 7:07 pm

Updated list of 2012 U.S. Army All-Americans

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The folks at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Rivals have compiled an updated list of all the players in the class of 2012 invited to the prestigious high school all-star game. Here's the list, which will eventually be divided into East and West teams.

Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, committed to USC
Defensive end Alex Balducci
Offensive tackle Zach Banner
Linebacker Vince Biegel
Defensive back Travis Blanks
Wide receiver Drae Bowles
Safety Deon Bush
Defensive back Joel Caleb
Wide receiver Leonte Carroo
Linebacker Josh Clemons
Offensive lineman Ty Darlington
Safety Jordan Diggs
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs
Athlete Cedric Dozier
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe
Athlete Devin Fuller
Offensive tackle Joshua Garnett
Wide receiver Deontay Greenberry
Defensive end Darius Hamilton
Defensive end Eli Harold
Defensive back Tracy Howard
Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries
Defensive tackle Jarron Jones, committed to Penn State
Offensive tackle Kyle Kalis, committed to Ohio State
Athlete Brian Kimbrow
Quarterback Zach Kline, committed to Cal
Defensive end Javonte Magee
Offensive tackle John McGee
Defensive tackle Ellis McCarthy
Tight end Taylor McNamara
Safety LaDarrell McNeil
Offensive tackle Chris Muller
Wide receiver Davonte Neal
Wide receiver Durron Neal
Wide receiver Jordan Payton, committed to USC
Running back Mario Pender, committed to Florida State
Quarterback Zeke Pike, committed to Auburn
Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, committed to USC
Athlete Kendall Sanders, committed to Oklahoma State
Running back Barry Sanders Jr.
Cornerback Kevon Seymour
Running back Rushel Shell
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks
Defensive back Tee Shepard, committed to Notre Dame
Defensive tackle Aziz Shittu
Safety Elijah Shumate
Offensive tackle Jordan Simmons
Defensive back Geno Smith
Defensive end Noah Spence
Tight end Kent Taylor
Offensive tackle John Theus
Safety Shaq Thompson
Wide receiver Dominique Wheeler
Running back Trey Williams, committed to Texas A&M
Cornerback Yuri Wright
Running back T.J. Yeldon

Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:36 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:39 pm
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Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:18 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 6:41 pm

Zeke Pike commits to Auburn

By MaxPreps contributor Mike Dyer

Zeke Pike understands his recruiting journey is really the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that few high school football players are ever able to experience.

Maybe that's why the Dixie Heights (Edgewood, Ky.) junior quarterback said he wasn't completely soured by the day-to-day nationwide hype surrounding his college decision-making process.

That hype ended Wednesday when Pike gave a verbal commitment to play at Auburn.

Pike, who turned 18 on April 8, typically received 20 to 30 phone calls a day from recruiting websites or those curious as to which schools the top prospect might visit or consider. He also received an estimated 50,000 pieces of mail from college programs, according to his father, former NFL player Mark Pike. Mark said the mail takes up nearly his entire office area.

"It's (wasn't) as exciting as it used to be," Zeke said of the constant attention.

Pike, who is rated the nation's No. 30 player overall in the 2012 class by MaxPreps/CBS Sports football recruiting expert Tom Lemming, didn't always answer his phone and he admits the unique experience often got "hectic" at times.

Hectic is an understatement these days, according to Mark, who played college football at Georgia Tech and had a 13-year career with the Buffalo Bills after being drafted in 1986. What Mark went through during his recruiting process in the 1980s doesn't even begin to compare with what Zeke faced in today's highly competitive recruiting landscape.

"I just try to guide him the best I can," said Mark, who retired from the NFL in 1999 and is active in various business ventures in northern Kentucky. "He is pretty smart (in knowing) what he is looking for."

During Dixie Heights' spring break the week of April 18, Zeke and his father were scheduled to visit several colleges programs, including Tennessee, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Auburn. Turns out, Auburn was the one that made the best impression.

Mark, 47, said the visits were about connecting with the head coaches and coordinators involved with the programs. While the "big toys" like weight rooms or practice facilities are nice, Mark said he and his son were more interested in speaking with the coaches about specific football plans.

For Zeke, who is 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, the serious recruiting attention started during the spring of 2010 when he first started to receive scholarship offers. Fast forward to April 2011 and Pike said he had at least 40 offers with a significant portion of those being from Bowl Championship Series programs.

Zeke was the first quarterback to commit to the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in early January and he will certainly remain on the national stage with additional national preseason recognition this summer. While Dixie Heights coach Tom Spritzky said the all-star game presents "a great opportunity" for Zeke, the standout quarterback is more concerned about the time he will miss early next year when he's in San Antonio for the game - away from his basketball teammates during the middle of that season.

It's that type of perspective that makes Pike a leader among his teammates. Dixie Heights will participate in a national 7-on-7 tournament in Hoover, Ala., in mid-July. The high school squad hopes to improve its regular-season record after a 6-6 record from the 2010 season. The Colonels' offense is expected to be similar to last season with Pike possibly seeing more time under center.

Mark has advised his son to enjoy his senior year because he will never be able get that back. Mark has told Zeke to play the game the way he knows how and not worry about what people might say about him.

Zeke, whose first name is of Biblical origin, said his father, a former linebacker, has had a "big impact" on his life.

"He's been on the biggest stages of stages," Zeke said.

What makes college programs salivate over Pike is his size, arm strength and his ability to stand in the pocket. He also has strong field vision. Pike, who threw for 2,135 yards and 18 touchdowns last season for the Colonels, wants to continue to improve upon his mechanics going into his senior year.

Lemming said he was impressed with Pike's quick feet, his arm strength and his poise. Pike also rushed for 947 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.

"Zeke is a guy that can fit into any system," said Lemming.

Lemming said Pike is a "no-brainer" for college programs.

"He's very confident," Lemming said.

Pike would like to major in education and social work with thoughts of coaching at the high school or college level. He said he wants to make an impact in people's lives.

"Zeke has a great heart," Mark said. "He loves helping people."

Spritzky said in an "ideal world" Pike would make a college decision before the start of the football season this August.

Mark said a decision before the season would be convenient for Zeke and avoid any unnecessary distractions, so that problem is taken care of now. Mark said Zeke has persevered in keeping his focus on what really matters during the recruiting process.

"I'm proud of him," Mark said. "He's handled it well."

National Football Editor Stephen Spiewak contributed to this report. Photo by Wayne Litmer.

Posted on: April 20, 2011 9:37 am

4/20 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Spring football is starting to wrap up just about everywhere. That means every coach will be out hitting the road for the May Evaluation Period and getting a feel for recruits in person. Except, by rule, the head coaches, who will hit the speaking circuit.

- Orlando (Fla.) quarterback Nick Patti picked up an offer from Boise State while on an unoffical visit to the school.

- Tight end A.J. Williams picked up an offer from Arkansas.

- Michigan is hoping to land quarterback Zeke Pike later today but they have a few other options at the position as well.

- Defensive/offensive tackle Arik Armstead discusses his commitment to USC and possible interest in Arkansas.

- Miami commit Jontavious Carter is still being heavily recruited by Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and others.
Posted on: April 18, 2011 3:26 pm

Pike to announce commitment on Wednesday

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback Zeke Pike will announce his decision on Wednesday afternoon, multiple outlets are reporting. The five-star quarterback will be choosing between Auburn, Arkansas, Clemson, Tennessee and Michigan.

Pike is CBSSports/MaxPreps recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's fourth-ranked quarterback in the class of 2012 and 30th player overall. The 6-foot-5, 220 pound junior threw for almost 2,300 yards and 23 touchdowns last season and holds over 40 scholarship offers. He also rushed for over 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns.

The talented quarterback just returned from unofficially visiting Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson and Auburn during his spring break last week. He is expected to select either Auburn or Clemson. Pike's father, Mark, was a 12-year NFL veteran as a linebacker and special teams maven.

Posted on: April 11, 2011 2:39 pm

Pike incident more like an accident

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Over the weekend, Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback Zeke Pike made news by getting kicked out of the Badger Sports 7-on-7 event at Pitt. While most of the story centered on the five-star quarterback being tossed because he hit a referee with the ball, MGoBlog.com caught up with Pike to get his side of the story.

"It was really blown all out of proportion," Pike told the website. "They give you a play clock and it was 4th down, our team didn't get set and get the play off in time. They blew the play dead and called turnover on downs. I tossed the ball towards the ref who blew his whistle just giving him the ball. He caught the ball and then the other ref threw his flag and threw me out. It was pretty ridiculous but I just took it, not much I could do. I mean it wasn't worth arguing over, and then we have people tweeting and saying all this nonsense making me look bad."

From Pike and subsequent reports from those at the scene, it seems like the story was just a bit overblown. If anything, the referee could be blamed for being a bit trigger happy on throwing Pike out. Veteran Scout.com reporter Bob Lichtenfels noted in his story on the event that this was the first ejection he had seen in many years covering recruiting.

Pike is ranked 30th in Tom Lemming's Top 100 for 2012 and holds well over 30 scholarship offers.

Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:11 am
Edited on: April 7, 2011 9:27 am

4/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Hello friends. The Masters begins today and the tradition like any other may not have anything to do with recruiting but it is a great, great sporting event. Watch it live here.

- Little Rock (Ark.) running back Altee Tenpenny picked up an offer from Ole Miss.

- An interview with tight end Evan Baylis.

- LSU has offers out to five quarterbacks in 2012 and they might not be looking for any particular type of signal caller.

- Interesting column by Penn State coach Jay Paterno on 7-on-7 teams and recruiting rules.

- Quarterback Zike Pike will visit Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, Auburn and Florida State next week.

- Tom Lemming's top tight end, Kent Taylor, picked up an offer from Arkansas.

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