Some surprising news from Auburn's 247 Sports site "Auburn Undercover," which is reporting that former Dixie Heights star quarterback Zeke Pike is transferring to Louisville...to play tight end.
Pike was a five-star, Elite 11 signal caller who committed to Auburn before the start of his senior year. He enrolled early at AU and went through spring practice with the team, but returned home after being arrested for public intoxication back in June. Tiger head coach Gene Chizik announced that Pike was "no longer with the team" earlier this week.
The public intoxication arrest wasn't the only bump in the road for Pike. He was kicked out of a 7-on-7 tournament in the spring of 2011 for rifling a ball at an official, and was suspended for Dixie Heights' playoff loss in his senior season for undisclosed reasons.
Pike will have to sit out a season per NCAA transfer rules since he enrolled in and attended classes at Auburn. He will be eligible to play as a freshman in 2013.
To put it bluntly, I would be extremely wary of this move if Pike were coming to play quarterback. The fact that he has apparently agreed to play tight end shows a humility that hasn't been seen often since Pike became a highly sought-after recruit a couple of summers ago.
Pike has not handled the small taste of the limelight that he's seen well, but here's hoping he's grateful enough for this second chance to straighten up and fly right.