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QB Pike No Longer An Auburn Player

August is usually the month of comin’s.  But August 1st was a day of goin’s on the Plains of Auburn.

As his team arrived on campus and started fall camp, Gene Chizik confirmed last evening that defensive back Jonathan Rose is no longer on the AU squad and plans to transfer.  That much we knew.  We also knew that freshman quarterback Zeke Pike was still out of state after an arrest for public intoxication that led the coach to send him home to Kentucky earlier this summer.

But Chizik announced yesterday that he would be transferring, too, and that he is no longer a member of the Tiger football team:


“They’re not with our football team anymore.  Their intent is to transfer to another school.  We wish them the best.”


Pike was a highly touted recruit once chased by a number of SEC schools.  But his career dating back to high school has been marred by what appear to be attitude issues.  Pike was booted from a summer tournament as a high school junior for throwing a football at an official.  He was suspended for the first and last games of his final high school season.  After committing to Auburn, he fired off a number of jabs at Alabama fans on Twitter (who started the back-and-forth depends on the whether you have crimson or orange and blue sheets).  Then came his June arrest.

The Auburn starting quarterback job was expected to come down to a battle between Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier anyway, but now the team’s depth has taken a hit with Pike’s departure/dismissal.

As for Pike, he’s the perfect example of why recruiting rankings can’t be taken as gospel.  We show those types of grades to you because you’re interested in them and because if you look at them correctly, you can get an idea of which school’s are getting better.  If you think every 4-star kid will pan out, you’re not reading those rankings correctly.  If you look at a signing class and say Team X signed more 4-stars than Team Y so therefore Team X has better odds of finding a few true studs, then you know how to read those grades.

Some highly-recruited kids never adjust to life away from home.  Some get injured.  Some don’t develop physically.  Some don’t work hard enough at developing.

And some — seemingly like Pike — just have some growing up to do.



Ironic that Chizek says public intoxication is worthy of being sent home and pushing a true freshman to transfer, yet, Dooley says a starting junior getting drunk and vandalizing someone else's property by throwing beer bottles and golf balls off a balcony is "being silly" and that his aim was bad at the garbage can. In light of the fact that vandalism over $500 is classified a felony in TN, I would think that it is more than silly. I sincerely appreciate Chizek's response over Dooley.


A QB with attitude issues? I assume then that he’s transferring to South Carolina.


Some of my favorite recruits are the diamonds in the rough.  DeMeco Ryans is a perfect example.  If I remember correctly, he was a 2-3 star coming out of high school(depending on what service you look at it).  He didn't get many offers from D-1 programs, but ended up an All-American at Bama.  He's had a pretty good NFL career as well...I believe he was the Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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