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Zeke Pike dismissed from Auburn

You probably remember two of the nation’s top quarterback prospects hailing from the Bluegrass state. Dixie Heights’ Zeke Pike, a five-star and top-five recruit by most scouting services who committed to Auburn, and Highlands’ Patrick Towles, the Kentucky commit, ranked a bit lower than Pike and often taking the back seat in high school QB discussions in the state.

Last season, Dixie Heights and Highlands squared off on the gridiron and the debate for who was the better quarterback was settled firmly. Towles threw for over 370 yards and three touchdowns… in the first half. Meanwhile, it took Pike all four quarters to collect 109 yards and two interceptions in Dixie Heights 63-13 loss.

That was just the beginning of Pike’s fall from glory.

Pike also missed two games for Dixie Heights in his senior year, including his team’s first-round playoff game. Dixie Heights officials refused to give a reason for the suspension. Interesting…

At the start of summer, the 19-year-old Pike was arrested in Auburn, Alabama for public intoxication and released on a $300 bond. He was sent home by Coach Gene Chizik to think about his mistake and had yet to be invited back to campus for fall practice. He was battling for a reserve role on the QB depth chart during spring practice.

Now Pike’s mistake has removed him from the quarterback race for good. Chizik made it official following practice Wednesday, telling the media that Pike is no longer a member of Auburn’s football team and will transfer.

Are you convinced now that Kentucky absolutely got the better end of this deal? The entire situation proves the number of stars next to a kid’s name isn’t the only thing that matters.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

46 Comments for Zeke Pike dismissed from Auburn

  1. bluebone
    12:04 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    1st, thats rite.

  2. dick gosinia
    12:05 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    He will end up at U of Smell.

  3. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    12:07 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Definitely sounds like a candidate for Charlie’s 5 core values. In all honesty, good luck to him and I hope he gets his life straightened out…as long as he does it as a non-UL player and outside of the SEC.

  4. johnny
    12:11 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    …except in basketball!

  5. Zeke's Daddy
    12:12 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Spritzky and I coddled him too much…

  6. Ryan
    12:15 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    This is just sad. Some kids would kill to have that chance to play at Auburn and this guy just pisses it away.

  7. heshimuEvans'2ndGradeTeacher
    12:16 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    5 – I heard the Cincinnati Bengals’ cheerleading teachers they have at Dixie are pretty nice as well.

  8. Dan
    12:17 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Just b/c pike failed doesn’t necessarily mean we got the better of the two. We just have to be patient w/ towels and hope he produces. If he fails as well then it really doesn’t matter who is better out of the 2.

  9. sdfgsdg
    12:18 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    anyone remember Cam Newton? Auburn really screwed up taking that knucklehead.

    He’s just a kid. He’ll be fine.

  10. Ed
    12:21 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone from Northern KY can tell you that this kid is a nothing but trouble. Towles, on the other hand, is a GREAT kid. Whether he becomes an All-SEC caliber QB obviously remains to be seen, but the university and fans will never have to worry about being embarrassed by him off the field.

  11. Penny
    12:22 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    #2 – My thoughts exactly

  12. barn
    12:30 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    just because he screwed up at auburn doesn’t mean we got the better of the 2. that remains to be seen. he’ll play somewhere and may turn out to be great. or not

  13. ukfireman
    12:30 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    It appears UK got the better of the 2 characters however talent to be determined. Towles had more offensive weapons to work with at Highlands. Pike often had to force everything and take a lot more chances since he lacked any offensive help. Dixie had such a poor defense he was playing from behind most games. Neither has taken a college snap in a game so hard to say who is the better college QB.

  14. Overrated
    12:33 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    He was overrated from the get go. Not a 5-star recruit by any means. And it amazes me how some kids just don’t get the opportunity that is in front of them.

  15. Hal
    12:33 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    public intox… let’s not act like the guy is the only 18-20 year old doing this. let alone the only well-known, college f-ball player doing it. he just happened to get caught.
    his career isn’t over yet, guys.
    remember that UF QB who was caught stealing laptops & cheated on tests? pretty sure he did all right once he transferred to auburn.

  16. John
    12:36 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    15-Yea that is a valid point, but he isn’t even on the same level as Cam Newton.

  17. Ukneal7
    12:44 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Sure he’s not the only 18-20 doing that but nothin I have ever heard about pike was good. Knew a few people from Dixie or coached against him and all said the same thing…. The kid was too focused on getting messed up, trying to have fun. Was told by a few he did salvia in the locker room before a game and had to miss the game because of it. Kid was trouble from day one and it’s a shame someone that had his ability was also capable of throwing it all away.

  18. Will
    12:48 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Curtis Pulley v2.0

  19. wldctky
    12:54 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    the word around NKY is the trouble Pike got in at DHHS had to do with synthetic marajuana use

  20. Kentucky Gentleman
    1:05 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I saw Pike play against Towles and Highlands in the playoffs their junior year. He seemed to have an attitude problem then and was kicked out of the game. I think he also missed the fist game of his senior season because of that. His play during the game was not all that impressive either… he has a cannon arm like Pat, but he seemed pretty inaccurate.

  21. shields eyes
    1:12 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    How long before he shows up at U of L?

    1:22 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone remember he is a kid his parents and Auburn should be getting him help

  23. tyrus
    1:34 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I know I’m on an island by myself with this thought but anywho. How many years in a row has UK started the first game of the season with a new starting QB? Three but maybe four? Sorry Newton but you starting shouldn’t happen. You’ll make a nice back-up QB. Start Smith or Towles. This way the team knows who’s going to be the QB for the next three or four years. My point being UK needs build consistency at the QB position and not have a different player start off the season each year. UK is not in a win now situation so lets develop the teams young talent. So by their senior year, it may result than more wins.

  24. Thunderblast Noxious Thunderpants
    1:36 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I will absolutely guarantee you that he will end up at the University of Loons…..U of L, that is.

  25. Katdaddy
    1:43 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    He will be given another opportunity at usmell.

  26. Jim
    1:44 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry that the kid has made some wrong decisions, maybe this one will wake him up.

    Towles just might be the best qb. out of Ky since Couch. Remember the Bill/Couch situation and how it was handled. Now the Joker/Towles situation and how will Joker handle this one?

    There is a basketball coach we know who says he will take talent over experience every time. Now will Joker put away his seemingly failed system and build around this great young talented qb?

  27. Not Daddy
    2:01 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    My bet is he, like some have already stated, ends up at louisville. His sister went there and was on the cheerleading team (smoking hott) but she too has the “dont even talk to me, dont you know my daddy played in the NFL, I do what i want” attitude. I know people make mistakes, the Public Intox isn’t the issue, kid has a terrible head on his shoulders. Go Towles, Go CATS

  28. D
    2:06 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    kid was a punk early on in PeeWee football. Looked for smaller kids to blow up, but when he’d face Simpson (UK #32), he cower.

  29. CatWalk
    2:07 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    yea its a shame that he made the bad choices to get him in this situation but how many kids his age make the correct decisions all the time? Kid was just in a high profile light so his mistakes were publicized more than the norm. Thats the thing about being young, you learn from your mistakes and anyone who says different is kidding themselves. As far as our QB situation goes, it is yet to be seen which of the 2 are the better qb but i am glad that we got the one with the better character. I completely agree with #23. We arent in any type of SEC contention situation and the majority of our talent is young so lets take the opportunity to develop them and get them that SEC real game speed experience. If you dont start Towles, then give him enough playing time to develop him early. By the time he is a junior he could be one of, if not the best qb’s in the SEC if his talent is being judged correctly right now.

  30. Honky Kong
    2:08 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Here is a perfect opportunity to take Auburn’s leftovers. War Eagle !

  31. Rick Ross
    2:15 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Word around here is he is the one who hooked up with the Bungles cheerleader as well…

  32. Rockfield, KY
    2:27 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Even though he’s gotten into trouble quite a bit and seems to have an attitude, I’d like to see KY kids do well wherever they go. I hope he figures things out and gets it together. Meanwhile, I’m thrilled to have Towles, even if Pike never got into trouble.

  33. Matt in Franklin
    2:59 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Bullet dodged, now go transfer to little brother…GO CATS!!!

  34. JDH
    3:08 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Kids will be kids. I understand that. But, most of the time in situations like this, the parents are just as much to blame as the kid.

  35. 20/20 Says
    3:14 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    And this is why recruiting should be left up to the HC & his staff. They know who is best for their program (in most cases)

  36. paducahfan
    3:50 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    If he got kicked off for a little drinking, he must have been playing REAL badly.

  37. lol
    3:53 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    This kid isn’t good enough for Auburn. Hell, he isn’t good enough for Louisville. Chizik dodged a bullet. His fall from five-star to barely keeping three-star status by the end of his senior year wasn’t a coincidence… he’s just not any good. Strong arm, good build, but rocks for brains and a terrible attitude. He pissed away an SEC quarterback job in less than five months… he’ll never latch on anywhere.

  38. UKfansNKY
    4:38 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Ok just so you know KENTUCKY did get the better in of the deal with Towles. Towles is a MUCH BETTER QB and person!! Rumors have it up here in NKY Pike is trying to get on @ Thomas Moore.

    #28 you are right, as I used to watch him play as I had kids in the same league.

    GO CATS!!!

  39. SER
    5:11 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Easy to bust on these kids – but how far do you think the likes of Joe Namath, Kenny Stabler, etc. would make it in today’s can’t do nothin’ society!

  40. 5 star?
    5:16 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    Rivals and ESPN had him a 3-star recruit. Scout has him at a 4 star.

  41. Head Bussa
    6:44 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    If Joker is doing his job, he should take a chance on this young man and bring him in. It doesn’t hurt to give a kid another chance, especially if he hasn’t shown to be an awful young man. He wasn’t driving drunk or putting others in danger. He wasn’t going around beating up kids. He wasn’t selling drugs. He was drinking — something 90 percent of college freshmen are doing. It takes some kids to learn some hard lessons before they move on past substance abuse. Just because you get caught doesn’t mean you are the only one. It can be a good thing to get caught early because some never learn their lesson before it’s too late in life and they struggle as they get older. Cut a kid like this a deal: If you are seen drinking underage again or doing drugs you will instantly be cut from the team. Explain to him how Division-I athletics is a gift that can be snatched away before you know it and you’ll be playing for Dixie Community College in Mississippi. If I was Joker I would open my doors immediately for this kid based on certain conditions. Joker is going to lose his job anyway more than likely, so why not take a little gamble?

  42. Head Bussa
    6:49 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    34 — Don’t go blaming the parents. That’s completely unfair. The parents, more than likely, raised the kid the best way they knew how. You want to trust your kids because you love them so much — you are almost blinded by that love. Sometimes it takes things like this to realize your son or daughter isn’t perfect and has problems. I’m happy this has happened to Zeke this early before he ruins his life. This is a sign to get your life together and focus on what you love. He is probably asking himself, “Do I love football or drinking and using drugs?” I know he is responding that he loves football and this might be the best thing that could have happened to him.

  43. Dane Brammage
    6:50 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    I feel sorry for the young fella.
    Hope he finds a new school where he can follow his dream (maybe UC).

  44. Bulldawg
    7:26 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    poor decisions do not make you. It is how you respond to that adversity that determines it. That being said, this kid sounds like a punk. looking for smaller kids to hit and run from the big dogs? That sounds like Hartline. He always had great game against the sisters of the poor but when the big boys came to play it was almost as if hartline didn’t even want to be on the field. A person with loads of talent and bad character are useless. I would much rather have a teammate with average talent and the right kind of attitude. That is why Vandy is on the rise. They have changed ATTITUDES in Nashville.

  45. Sean D
    8:34 pm August 2, 2012 Permalink

    He will still end up at a school that will win more games in the next few years than UK will.

  46. cobras
    8:01 am August 3, 2012 Permalink

    mommy and daddy have been getting him out of trouble ever since he was youngin and that is the way they are raising little bro. i see when it when i watch them play and the way the parents react.