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Zenon to make visit to Ga. Tech today -- but will Jackets offer?

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATLANTA -- Deerfield-Windsor football star Tony Zenon will board a flight from Albany to Atlanta this morning for his last official visit before National Signing Day on Wednesday.

Which school Zenon inks with, however, likely will depend entirely on what happens this weekend.

According to Knights football coach Allen Lowe on Thursday, Georgia Tech will fly Zenon -- the 2009 Albany Herald John Reynolds Player of the Year -- to Atlanta today for a previously scheduled official visit to the Yellow Jackets' campus.

And it is there, Lowe said, he hopes Zenon will find exactly what he's dreamed of since first throwing on the pads: a scholarship to Tech.

"Well, Tech still hasn't officially offered, but I would like to think they're not going to bring him all the way up there like this and not offer," Lowe said. "I know the waiting is tough on Tony. He's got a lot of emotion involved. I hate to see it linger on like this."

Zenon, who helped lead Deerfield to the GISA Class AAA title in 2008 and a runner-up finish last fall, rushing for 2,268 yards as a senior and accounting for 27 touchdowns, could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday. The voice mail on his cell phone said he would unreachable until today because he was waiting on a new phone to arrive.

Zenon returned this past weekend from a visit to Marshall and spent most of this week being visited by Thundering Herd coach Doc Holliday, who returned the visit to Albany and continued to try to sway Zenon to come to West Virginia.

"They really want him," Lowe said. "That's for sure."

When reached by The Herald on Tuesday, Zenon was in the middle of meeting with Chattanooga football coaches. He also received another visit from Georgia Southern this week.

Lowe said while Georgia Tech has always been Zenon's dream school, at this point his star understands that the decision comes down to doing "what's best for Tony and no one else.

"Even if Tech offers, Tony knows he is going to have to go where he feels best," Lowe said. "It goes beyond football at this point. He needs to be happy with the school, the team, the coaches and where he'll get the best opportunity (to see playing time)."

Lowe even weighed some of the pros and cons of the schools, according to his conversations with Zenon.

"The only drawback of any of the schools is the distance of Marshall," Lowe began, "but there are also a lot of positives: (Marshall) is implementing an (exciting) West Virginia-style offense -- he'll have a chance to shine in that -- and he won't have to play behind anyone.

"And at Southern, he'd get to play in the same kind of offense we have here and Tech would have. And he'd get to play the same position. There's a lot to consider right now."

Lowe admits he just wants the consideration period to be over, however, and to find out where he can watch

Zenon on Saturdays this fall.

"We talk to Tech every day and every day they tell us things look good (for Tony to come there)," Lowe said. "But I've been hearing that for months now. I just wish, as I'm sure Tony does also, we knew something (concrete)."

Regardless, added Lowe, Zenon will hold a signing ceremony for the college he chooses Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the school.