Although he was just let go by Auburn head coach Gene Chizik less than two weeks ago, Kentucky native Zeke Pike has found a new home. Pike, a former U.S. Army All-American and 4-star recruit from Fort Mitchell (Dixie Heights), Kentucky, has officially enrolled at Louisville and will join the football team as a tight end. Pike, a 6-5, 240 lb, athletic marvel, was released by Auburn after breaking team rules at least two separate times. From what we understand, the Louisville staff wanted no part of Pike as a QB because of their strong belief in the future of Lexington Catholic 2013 commit, Kyle Bolin. In talking with someone in the UofL program during Saturday’s practice, they made it clear to us that nothing will jeopardize Bolin’s commitment as he’s certainly the unofficial heir-apparent to Teddy Bridgewater.
Pike, per NCAA transfer rules, will have to sit out the 2012 season but will be eligible to play 4 years starting in 2013. The story of Pike transferring to Louisville was broken last Friday by AuburnUndercover.com and by Saturday the rumors had run rampant throughout the city. Today we have confirmation that the rumors were indeed true, but where does that leave the perception of Louisville football? For years now the program here has given players a second chance. In some instances (Nate Harris) it’s worked out beautifully and in others (Willie Williams), it’s blown up in our face. Pike was cited for public intoxication back in June and was sent home by Chizik at that point in order to re-examine things. He came back to Auburn and while it’s not exactly known what the final straw was this time, apparently it was enough to warrant the extreme move of sending a kid packing for good. There’s no way to know how Pike’s future will unfold at Louisville, but one thing’s for sure: he’s already made his mistakes and this is his last shot. If he even slightly steps out of line, expect him to become another D-1 casualty. So while I appreciate people getting a second chance, I know that Charlie Strong and his no-nonsense approach won’t stand for anything less than choir-boy status from Pike.