Zeke Pike to Auburn

Submitted by wlubd on April 20th, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Zeke Pike commits to Auburn.

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US Army All-American, Dixie Heights (KY) QB Zeke Pike commits to #Auburn.
 
Not surprising but sucks nonetheless.
 
So how we doing with Gunner Kiel? Maty Mauk? Shane Morris?

Comments

Shaqsquatch

April 20th, 2011 at 4:19 PM ^

Eh it just bugs me when people have the kneejerk reaction of "Oh, they didn't commit to UM? They have been paid!". It's along the same lines of thinking of "well we didn't need him anyways!"

Yes, I agree it sucks we didn't get him, but we're going to lose out on some commits, that doesn't mean there's some kind of conspiracy going on.

wlubd

April 20th, 2011 at 2:56 PM ^

What I've been hearing as well. If ND wants him, he's there for the taking. ND might want Kiel more then Mauk though, in which case we're probably Mauk's leader.

Becomes a question then of which do you want more out of those two? Or do you get a lower-rated QB and develop him while going for Morris next year?

wlubd

April 20th, 2011 at 3:17 PM ^

Not what I'm saying necessarily. Kiel is an Indiana kid, while Mauk is the brother of Ben Mauk who played for BK at Cincinnati. ND was/is probably always going to be ahead of us for both of them. The other factor is that Pike was the top target on our board and up until his Auburn visit, we appeared to be his leader. We missed, and that sucks so we have to take talent where we can get it. If that means cleaning up ND's scraps then so be it.

wlubd

April 20th, 2011 at 8:32 PM ^

I have no idea who the coaching staff rates higher and don't claim to have such knowledge. The impression I've gotten from recruiting sites is that Kiel is better. Personally I think that's also the case.

But if the coaches want to go after Mauk now the fine. They're the coaching staff, I trust their judgment far more then my own when it comes to this.

wlubd

April 20th, 2011 at 3:13 PM ^

They won't take 2 QBs, especially ones as highly rated as Mauk and Kiel. That said, we're in a much better position for Mauk then we are for Kiel (I've heard OU is Kiel's leader). If they take Kiel, we should be in driver's seat for Mauk. If they take Mauk, then we probably miss on all the big QB recruits we go after.

Irish

April 20th, 2011 at 5:30 PM ^

no, no way we take 2, ND wants Kiel, but Mauk is much more likely.  

Kiel is supposed to be 50-50 ND and OU, it doesn't appear the staff will let Mauk commit until Kiel's intentions are sure.  Mauk will likely be committing in the next few weeks so draw what conclusion you can.

Swazi

April 20th, 2011 at 2:51 PM ^

Not a HUGE loss since we have Gardner as the long term future, but Zeke will regret Auburn when they get the sledgehammer from the NCAA.