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Herald Player of the Year Zenon offered by Ga. Tech, mulls decision

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATLANTA -- During official visits for prospective college football players -- like the one Deerfield running back Tony Zenon was on this weekend at Georgia Tech -- usually recruits are told on the final day during exit interviews where they stand.

Luckily for Zenon, the Yellow Jackets didn't make him wait.

Shortly after arriving in Atlanta on Friday, Zenon was offered a scholarship by coach Paul Johnson to join the Yellow Jackets, according to Knights coach Allen Lowe.

However, Zenon did not immediately accept and told The Herald he plans to return to Albany today to discuss his options with his family --options which also include Marshall, Georgia Southern and Chattanooga.

Zenon, on the advice of

his family, declined to talk about where's at in the decision-making process Saturday, saying only in a text to The Herald, "I'll tell ya (Sunday)."

Lowe said he also had been in contact with Zenon on Saturday -- also strictly through texts -- adding, "I really don't know much other than they offered him a scholarship and now he has a big decision to make. What that decision will be, I really couldn't say."

Lowe said he was just glad Johnson didn't make Zenon wait any longer.

"Basically, after they flew him up there, (Tony) knew Friday night he had a scholarship at dinner," Lowe said. "I thought that was a real nice move by Johnson not to make him wait until he left to let him know where he stood."

Lowe says at this point, he feels Zenon's decision is "really between Georgia Tech and Marshall."

"It's never a done deal until (National Signing Day) on Wednesday, but right now I'd say it's between those two," the coach said. "I know from our texts (Saturday) that just getting the offer was a big relief. Now he just has to sit back, weigh all the pros and cons and decide where he'll be the happiest."

As for where Lowe would like to see the school's all-time leading rusher and scorer end up?

"I just told him to make a decision where he thinks he can be happy for the duration of his college career," Low said. "The last thing you want to do is go somewhere and then a year or two later say, 'I wish I would've ...' "