Kentucky QB Zeke Pike (6'5", 220 lbs) made his way up to Ann Arbor today [Tuesday] with his dad. They got a chance to meet the coaches and check out practice. Here's a look at his film and what he had to say about the visit.
TOM: What did you get to see when you first got there?
ZEKE: We kind of met everybody and got familiar with the faces. We sat down with Coach Borges and talked football. We talked about where I fit in to the program and just talked about life. We just kind of got to know each other.
TOM: Did you get a chance to sit down with the other coaches too?
ZEKE: Yeah, Coach Singletary was with me a lot. We talked to Coach Hoke for about an hour. We talked about a little of everything. They told me I was the number one guy on their chart and that intrigued me. Then we went on a tour of the Big House, which was pretty awesome. Playing in front of 120,000 people every week is amazing.
TOM: Did you take in practice after that?
ZEKE: Yeah, I think right now they're trying to use the spread offense because of the quarterbacks they have. They're trying to gradually get to the pro style offense. Those are spread quarterbacks so it makes the position a lot more intriguing and the school a lot more intriguing because they need that true pro style quarterback.
TOM: You say it's intriguing, do you almost view it as a challenge to be that quarterback that gets Michigan back to the top? Or in a different way?
ZEKE: I think the coaches they have are the perfect coaches to get Michigan back to Michigan. I think Coach Hoke is doing a very good job with bringing tradition back. There was so much fire, intensity, and energy at practice. It just looks like there's a lot of competition on the field and you need that to be great. I think the right coaches are in place and that's exciting. I think it's a great opportunity to be that next guy at Michigan. It's a program on a national stage, when you say Michigan football people turn their heads. I'm excited to continue to build the relationships.
TOM: I know it's hard to see everything on one trip, but did you get a good feel for the coaches as people and how they coach?
ZEKE: I really enjoyed my time and I got a really good feel for them; I liked it a lot. It's definitely a school that will be there for me down the wire. It was just a feel that I got, it's hard to explain. There's only been a couple other places that I got that feeling and Michigan was one of those places.
TOM: You said Michigan will be there down to the wire, when are you going to be making your decision? Do you have a timeline?
ZEKE: I'm going out to Arkansas this weekend and I'm going to Tennessee, Georgia, FSU, Clemson, and Auburn over spring break. After that I'll narrow it down to a top five or so. I'll probably make my decision in the next couple months. I'm just going to be looking for the it factor, is it going to be somewhere I want to go for the next four years even outside of football.
TOM: With regards to Michigan, did this visit help them?
ZEKE: Yeah, it definitely helped Michigan. I'm really close friends with Chris Barnett who signed with Michigan in the 2011 class. We're really good friends and he stays on me about going to Michigan. It's a school that intrigues me and has a lot of tradition. Year in and year out they compete with everybody. I'm anxious to continue the relationships there and see where it goes.
I am not sure why everyone thinks that 2 QB's means we are loaded at the position. I can't imagine that any QB recruit feels the same. Denard was injured in 10 games last year, and DG had "back problems." Devin has had very limited experience, and there is no guarantee that he will be our guy in the long run (although I hope he is). Regardless, coming in as a freshmen and redshirting behind a heisman candidate junior QB, and then having every chance in the world to be the ideal guy to run Borges' offense would be very appealing to me if I were in his shoes. Most top football teams have 3-4 highly ranked QB's and they will go out and get a new one in recruiting every year. Hell, every other year it seems like USC is pulling 2 of the top 5 QB's in a recruiting class. Depth should never scare off any top prospects, and hopefully, if he truly is 5* worthy, he would be up for the challenge. Either way, I really think that this whole depth thing is really off base.
Like a blind man at an orgy, I was going to have to feel my way through
Anyone else get a little uncomfortable when a recruit tells the media that the coaches said he was #1 on their charts. You think about other kids at that that position reading it and it can't help in landing them.
My sentiments exactly, but in this media age, stuff like that is bound to get out. A kid like Pike, though, I bet everyone knows is their number 1. Hopefully not a whole lot of recruits are reading the musings of TomVH, though, I bet they are...
"Those who stay will be champions."
"As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."
He sounds intelligent. Wouldn't mind seeing these coaches start to land some solid blue chips who'll represent Michigan with distinction both on and off the field. We already have a fantastic collection of talent and honor on our team - I hope that continues.
Notre Dame signed two 4-star QB's in 2006. One, Demetrius Jones, was a 6.0 according to Rivals meaning he was almost a 5 star. That didn't stop 5 star Clausen from signing the following year or 5 star Crist the year after that. Don't forget Crist was the #3 QB in the country that year, behind a couple guys named Terrelle Pryor and Blaine Gabbert.
At Florida, Gavin Dickey was a 4-star in 2002, but Leak AND another 4-star signed in 2003. They followed that with a 4-star in 2005 putting plenty on the depth chart but it didn't matter much to Tebow in 2006.
I think someone mentioned LSU. Ryan Perriloux's prescense didn't stop Jarrett Lee, Jordan Jefferson, Russell Sheppard, or Zach Lee, and then they added 3 QB's this year - including 2 that are 4-stars. They pretty much get a top 10-15 QB every class. JaMarcus Russell came before any of those guys.
These dudes are rarely scared away by a depth chart.