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Tony Zenon knows what Georgia Tech’s rivals are saying. He’s been hearing the criticisms for years.
“He plays at a tiny school against weak competition,” they say. “He’s too small to play major college football.”
To them all, the Yellow Jackets’ latest commitment says, “just watch.”
“I played in two all-star games and the guys I was playing with were, like, ‘Wow,’” said Zenon, a 5-foot-8, 170-pound running back from Deerfield Windsor Academy, a private school in Albany. “I went to camps at Georgia, Florida, Clemson and Tech. I’m not bragging but at Florida, after the workouts, [assistant coach] Brian White was going crazy about me. At the Georgia camp, they worked me out everywhere, at running back, wide receiver, cornerback and I did everything they asked. Ask Coach [Mike] Bobo what he thinks about me.
“I believe in my talent and I believe I can compete with anybody.”
Zenon is no braggart. He was simply asked to answer the criticisms that had already surfaced since he made his commitment to Georgia Tech. Zenon accepted a scholarship offer from head coach Paul Johnson before leaving his official visit with the Yellow Jackets Saturday night. Before that trip he had intended to commit to Marshall, which he had visited the previous week.
“They were both in the mix,” Zenon said. “Since the beginning of the season I was wanting to go to Georgia Tech, but I didn’t know if I’d have the chance to. When Coach Johnson came to the school about two weeks ago, people were saying he wouldn’t do that if they didn’t want. At first he offered me a grayshirt and I just wasn’t feeling that too much. But when I went up to Marshall they offered me a scholarship and asked me to come visit. I took my parents with me and they fell in love with Tech.”
Not only is Tech a perfect fit athletically — Zenon ran wild out of a Wing-T offense at Deerfield Windsor, but he intends to major in architectural engineering on The Flats.
Zenon’s numbers at Deerfield Windsor, a Class AAA school in the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) are fairly mind-numbing. He finished senior season with 244 carries for 2,264 yards — an average of 9.28 yards a carry — and had 27 rushing touchdowns. For his career, he finished with 5,684 rushing yards on 650 carries and 65 TDs. He has reportedly run a sub-4.5 40-yard dash.
With Zenon’s commitment Tech may have wrapped up its 2010 recruiting class. The Jackets may have room for one or two more signees but could elect to carry those scholarships over to 2011, when the state of Georgia is expected to produce a tremendous pool of prospects.
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