Back in February, Virginia Tech became the first Division 1A program to extend an official scholarship offer to Deep Run (Glen Allen, VA) athlete Antone Exum . Ten months later, the 6-0, 210-pound senior rewarded Tech’s decision, pledging his commitment to head coach Frank Beamer and company.
Exum announced his decision earlier today, in a press conference at a local restaurant. He actually told the Tech coaches of his decision earlier in the week.
“I’d been contemplating on Penn State and Virginia Tech the whole time, but then I told the Tech coaches of my decision on Christmas Day,” Exum recalled. “I told the Penn State coaches two days later and announced today. It was good to get the decision over with. The recruiting process is really long and wears you out. I’m happy I made the decision and I feel I made the right decision.”
Deep Run’s starting quarterback each of the past two seasons, Exum led the Wildcats to a 9-1 regular season record in 2008. On offense, he totaled 1,723 yards (978 passing, 745 rushing) and 24 touchdowns (15 rushing, nine passing). He played safety on defense and made a major impact on special teams, returning four punts and two kick-offs for scores en route to earning first-team all-state honors as a returner.
In the end, the decision came down to several factors including position and location.
“Penn State wanted me to play the position Derrick Williams plays, which is like a slot receiver. I felt more comfortable with the positions Tech wants me to play – cornerback or safety,” said Exum, who made official visits to both programs before making a decision. “I also like how close it is to home. It takes a burden off my parents’ shoulders not to have to travel far to see me play.”
Virginia Tech will also give Exum a look at quarterback and on special teams as a returner.
“The coaches want me to come in to kind of do [quarterback and defensive back], so I guess it’ll be a situation...
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