The post-Cam Newton era quarterback situation at Auburn claims another departure. Zeke Pike is transferring, the AU 247Sports site AuburnUndercover.com first reported late Friday. Pike is the second quarterback to exit the program this off-season. One-time Newton heir Barrett Trotter walked away after a season he began as starter, but became disillusioned after losing the job to Clint Moseley.
Pike was AWOL from Tiger summer camp on Thursday, essentially writing a transfer on the wall. A four star recruit per Scout.com*, Pike played his high school ball much closer to UL at Dixie Heights High (Fort Mitchell, Ky.). The surprising facet of his transfer is that Pike is reportedly making a move from quarterback to tight end, thus the Tigers’ starting quarterback battle is unlikely to have factored into his decision.
Kiehl Frazier firmly asserted himself as starting quarterback during spring workouts. Frazier has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Pike was in the mix with Frazier and Moseley during spring football, and appeared in limited capacity during the Tigers’ spring game.
He has the size to play tight end at 6-foot-6 and nearly 230 pounds, sure to gain more weight as his college career progresses. A change of scenery and a position with lessened expectations might be what Pike needs. He was arrested earlier this summer for public intoxication.
*Correction: Pike was not rated five stars at Rivals.