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Tech's Johnson to visit DWS star Zenon next week

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ALBANY -- Deerfield-Windsor running back Tony Zenon's longtime dream of playing for Georgia Tech could possibly become reality.

Zenon, The Herald's John Reynolds Player of the Year for 2009, was told Thursday morning by his coach, Allen Lowe, that Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson will visit Zenon and his family Wednesday.

In light of four Georgia Tech starters leaving early for the NFL, it's still not known if Johnson will offer a scholarship. Lowe and Zenon, however, are hopeful that he will.

"I don't know what he's going to do," Zenon said of Johnson, who coached Tech to the ACC title. "But I'm sure he's not coming down here for nothing."

Lowe feels the same way.

"(Johnson) did not outright say he would make an offer, but with him coming down here to meet Tony and his parents, I would not say he is coming here just to shoot the breeze," Lowe said. "Then again, nothing is official."

Zenon, who helped lead Deerfield to the GISA Class AAA title in 2008 and a runner-up finish last fall, rushed for 2,268 yards as a senior and accounted for 27 touchdowns. Rushing, however, was only one of Zenon's dimensions. He also caught 11 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns, and even threw for 58 yards (2-of-4 passing), including a 25-yard scoring toss against Mount Vernon. In all, he scored 184 points.

On Thursday morning, Zenon had a health-class test shortly after Lowe told him the news. After focusing on the test, Zenon said his excitement about Wednesday's visit began to build.

The Knights senior, who plans to major in engineering and architecture, has made it clear since football season began that playing for Georgia Tech is atop his wish list. This weekend, however, Zenon said he will visit Georgia Southern and then Marshall the next. Then, on the weekend before National Signing Day on Feb. 3, he plans to make an official visit to Georgia Tech. He previous took a Yellow Jackets invitation to be on Tech's sideline during their game against Georgia, but that did not count as an official visit.

Zenon said that Murray State also has offered and Rutgers is showing a strong interest.

Meanwhile, the senior said he still is trying to keep an open mind about where he wants to play football.

"I'm going to see what (Johnson) has to say," Zenon said. "I have schools like Marshall offering me too. Colleges now are just coming out of nowhere. I'll evaluate everything and just go from there."