Former 4-Star QB Recruit Zeke Pike Won't Return to Auburn

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2012

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Auburn officially lost one of its quarterbacks on Wednesday.

The Auburn Tigers began fall practice on Wednesday without freshman quarterback Zeke Pike, as Charles Goldberg of reported. Not only will he be absent from fall practice, but Pike will not be stepping foot on Auburn’s campus again, according to Justin Hokanson of

Gene Chizik confirms suspended QB Zeke Pike will not return to the Auburn program.

— Justin Hokanson (@JHokanson) August 1, 2012


Today’s news comes after Auburn coach Gene Chizik previously sent home the true freshman after getting nailed for public intoxication earlier this summer.

Pike enrolled in the university last January to have the opportunity to participate in spring practice, and he seemed to be on the right track to one day become the starter.

Then he was arrested and sent home back at the end of June, according to Here is what coach Chizik had to say about the 6’6’’, 225-pound QB two weeks ago (via

We have certain standards and expectations of our guys. That's why I sent him home. Right now, he's at home and he'll remain there. We'll continue to evaluate that. We're in communication.

With Pike out of the picture, there are now three QBs on the Auburn roster under scholarship. The list includes sophomore Kiehl Frazier, junior Clint Moseley and freshman Jonathan Wallace.

The competition for this year’s starting gig will come down to Frazier and Moseley, but the long-term answer was supposed to be Pike.

Plans have changed, and now the future of a 4-star recruit is in serious limbo before ever taking a single snap at the collegiate level.