CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY (FOX19) - A top-ranked senior quarterback and two other players on a Tri-State high school football team have been given a one-game suspension after violating team rules. This comes just days before the first playoff game of the season against Lafayette High School in Lexington.
One of the suspended players, quarterback of the Dixie Heights High School football team, Zeke Pike, is considered a top college recruit. He is considered the star of AU's 2012 recruiting class. Pike verbally committed to Auburn in April but will not be able to sign a letter of intent until February.
Zeke Pike is the son of Mark Pike, a former NFL player. Mark Pike tells FOX19 that his son has been suspended but would not provide details why.
Auburn, through NCAA policy, is not able to comment on a recruit until they've officially signed their National Letter of Intent. It is considered a recruiting violation if coaches and staff mention the recruit's name publicly. Since verbal scholarship offers are non-binding, officials at Auburn University could rescind their offer.
Despite missing the first game of this season, also because of an undisclosed suspension for violating team rules, Pike has still thrown for nearly 1800 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is also the Colonels leading rusher, accounting for an additional 15 touchdowns on the ground.
Recruiting analyst Dave Berk of Scout.com says Pike's strengths are his size and athleticism. Pike is 6'5'' 230 lbs. He was being recruited by several major college programs even before he started playing quarterback at Dixie as a junior.
When the Dixie Heights Athletic Director Matt Wilhoite was asked to comment on the situation, he said "A one game suspension has been issued for three players on the team who have violated team rules."
Other school officials will not comment on the situation due to the fact that they say it is not their policy to comment on disciplinary matters.
Dixie Heights High School Coach Tom Spritzky also had "no comment" on the suspension.
An email was sent to parents of Dixie High School football players about this incident. In this email, the principal states that using synthetic marijuana is legal, however, it has been banned in Kentucky. Here is a copy of the email:
From: Tibbs, Larry
Sent: Saturday, October 29, 2011 12:21 PM
Subject: Please forward to football parents
Dear Football Parents,
There was a concern brought to my attention about an alleged incident in the locker room prior to the football game at Cooper last night.
Mr. Rick Culross, DPP was contacted for guidance on investigating the incident. Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Kim Banta was available and met me at Dixie this morning at 9am to assist. We spoke with the coaches prior to the players arriving and they separated the players in the auditorium and their cell phones were collected to keep them from communicating before they were interviewed so that Dr. Banta and I could speak with the players individually. We called them in one at a time and interviewed 22 total players. After each interview the player's cell phone was returned and the player was free to leave.
Please be aware that there is rumor that students may be using synthetic marijuana that although it is legal (18 years of age) is still very dangerous for their health. Feel free to Google it for more information on its affects.http://www.thestate.com/2011/10/25/2022014/sc-bans.html
The coaches and myself are available to talk if needed. To protect the player's confidentiality we can only discuss the process, not individual comments.
Dixie Heights High School
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