December 2, 2009

Hunt-Days takes in GT home finale

Hillgrove junior running back and linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Synjyn Days and earn a major BCS scholarship to play football. The elder Days committed to Georgia Tech before the start of his senior season and the brothers have been to almost every Georgia Tech game this season. Hunt-Days took in the Georgia-Georgia Tech game last Saturday night and he had a chance to speak with a couple of key Tech coaches.

"I spoke to head Coach Paul Johnson and also assistant coach Brian Bohannon," Hunt-Days said. "They were welcoming me to the game and they let me know that they were very pleased and happy I was there. They are happy I have been coming to all the home games this year."

Given the intensity of the rivalry and the late starting time of eight, Hunt-Days said the atmosphere was the most interesting of any Tech game he has been to.

"The atmosphere felt different from previous games because it was a rivalry week for Georgia Tech," he said. "Everyone was happy and a lot of people were drunk. It was a nice atmosphere. I was upset that Georgia Tech lost, but they played hard and they just could not stop the run from UGA's offense. Overall they played hard, Demaryius Thomas, Josh Nesbitt and they made big plays."

Outside of attending games at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Hunt-Days has not made any other campus visits this fall.

"I usually take my other visits during the summer," Hunt-Days said. "I have only been to Georgia Tech this year."

"I have an offer from Toledo, but I don't really keep in contact with them," he said. "Georgia Tech is my leader, Georgia is number two and Oklahoma State is number three. Georgia Tech is recruiting me the hardest as a fullback and linebacker. Most schools are looking at me more at linebacker."

The Hillgrove Hawks led by the Days' brothers looked like the team to beat in Region 7B in Class AAAA, but three straight close losses at the end of the season kept Hillgrove out of the playoffs.

"I think we did pretty well until the seventh game of the season. We started 6-0 and then we kind of had a downfall from there. We finished 7-3 overall and I was pretty upset we did not make the playoffs. It was pretty emotional not making the playoffs. We need to work on some areas here and there."

Hunt-Days had a solid season as the Hawks B-back in the same offense Georgia Tech employs. Heading into the summer, he plans to visit many of the same schools he went to with his older brother last year.

I had 600 rushing yards and six touchdowns. I also played defense for the last four games of the season," he said. "I am going to visit Georgia Tech, Georgia, NC State, Alabama, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and I might try to go back out to Oklahoma State for a visit. I went to the same schools last year with my brother. They say they want to see me again."

Both Synjyn and Jabari want to play together at the next level and a Tech offer would be very enticing, but it is not a slam-dunk.

"His decision is going to play a role in my decision and I like Georgia Tech, but I am very open. I do like Georgia Tech the most," he said.

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