Hillgrove’s Jabari Hunt-Days earns notice on combine circuit

God blessed Jabari Hunt-Days with a nearly 6-foot-3 frame and exceptional strength and speed. But those natural gifts aren’t the only reason the Hillgrove High two-way player has been blowing up prospect combines in Georgia and Florida this year.

The two P’s — practice and preparation — have to be given more than a little credit here.

“I did probably a month or month and a half of training,” said Hunt-Days, an articulate but soft-spoken young man from Powder Springs. “I knew what I was goiong to be doing at the combines: the 40-yard dash, shuttle, vertical leap and power-ball toss. So I broke down the numbers and ran everything at home with my dad. We just tried to chop down the numbers and see how we could do each drill best. If we weren’t getting the right times we just kept trying to chop it down and chop it down until we got it down to where we thought it should be. Knowing what kind of steps to use and the mechanics made a difference.”

And how.

Hunt-Days (6-2 1/2, 226 pounds) went down to Orlando for a Nike Combine the first of March as a relative unknown in recruiting. He left with national recogntion.

His SPARQ rating — a grading formula combining scores of the four different physical tests — of 104.31 was No. 2 among more than 1,000 elite athletes, most of them from Florida.  He was No. 1 among linebackers and was named Linebacker MVP for the event.

Hunt-Days participated in another Nike Combine in Atlanta last weekend. He emerged still No. 1 in the nation in testing among linebackers and No. 3 overall. He has been invited by Nike to attend at its expense its all-star combine in Oregon this summer.

In between he participated in David Schuman’s National Underclassman Combine in East Point. Once again, tops at his position.

“It’s been fun, very exciting,” Hunt-Days said. “I enjoy training and getting prepared. Knowing all I could was my best and actually doing my best was a good feeling.”

Obviously the impressive performance are getting Hunt-Days noticed. But so far at least it still hasn’t paid tangible dividends on the recruiting trail. Remarkably, Hunt-Days still does not have a major-college offer.

“I have an offer from Toledo,” said Hunt-Days, who plays both fullback and linebacker in high school. “Other than that I have no offers.”

That’s expected to change over the next few weeks. Hunt-Days said he can already see a difference from the standpoint of the interest. Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida State have made inquiries for more information and invited him to camps. He was invited to UGA’s junior day this Saturday in Athens, which he plans to attend.

The Yellow Jackets would appear to have the inside track for this elite athlete. Hunt-Days’ older brother, Synjyn Days, is a quarterback who signed with Georgia Tech in February. But Jabari insist he’s entering the recruiting process with an open mind.

“That’d be my preference, to play with my brother,” said Hunt-Days, who aspires to be a dentist. “But right now I’m very open about colleges and where I need to be and where I should be. Georgia Tech may not be best for me; I’m not sure. It was for Synjyn.”

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JB

March 17th, 2010
9:41 am

” Georgia Tech may not be the best for me”…………Geez, don’t get many to say that, publicly anyhow.

Blindog

March 17th, 2010
9:43 am

Good luck young man.

Techster

March 17th, 2010
9:46 am

“Right now I’m very open about colleges and where I need to be and where I should be,” said Hunt-Days, who aspires to be a dentist. “Georgia Tech may not be best for me; I’m not sure. It was for Synjyn.”

In other words he may not be smart enough to get into GT.

Cleveland, OH jacket

March 17th, 2010
9:52 am

Don’t put words in the kid’s mouth! My feeling is he will be a Yellow Jacket when all is said and done. Good luck to him though, wherever he ends up!

JB

March 17th, 2010
9:58 am

He is old enough to know he needs brains, grades and ambition to be a Dentist. If all that is true, If Reggie Ball can get tutored hourly at Tech and make it four years, I’m sure anyone breathing can.

GT fan

March 17th, 2010
10:00 am

Follow your heart and go where it is the best situation for you. Would love to have a kid with his work ethic at Tech, but choose what is best for your future. Good luck to you young man…

brick

March 17th, 2010
10:08 am

Come on Techster, Reggie Ball and Stephan Marbury got into Tech and if this kid wants to he will too.

memphisdawg

March 17th, 2010
10:11 am

Techster; wake up.

“Right now I’m very open about colleges and where I need to be and where I should be,” said Hunt-Days, who aspires to be a dentist.”Georgia Tech may not be best for me; I’m not sure. It was for Synjyn.”
Did you catch that part about aspiring to be a dentist. How is Tech’s medical school? Not saying he won’t wind up at Tech, but its definetly not because of grades.

BigTimeTECHFan

March 17th, 2010
10:14 am

Where could he go play football and study to be a Dentist?
Don’t think Tech would fit.

Side note – we had dude on our HS team that graded out great or the best in every drill, 6′4″ – 250 pounds and very fast, knew all the drills, but when it came to playing the game he just didn’t have it. His dad played for Green Bay Packers at one time. Very nice guy but he just would not hit nobody.

Guess what I’m saying is drills are fine, but team will look at film to make sure player performs on the field. May be reason he does not have offers

JB

March 17th, 2010
10:19 am

Tech has a lot of smart folks going there, no doubt, but they also have a football program and played in a BCS bowl this year and good for them. With that comes ” players” who are not what I call Tech Material. I’ve heard them interviewed. Whew. All Football programs have them and they all get ” accommodated one way or the other. Some end up in the NFL. But a lot do make it at Engineering firms or with industrial Management jobs. Some end up at Air Tran in Baggage handling. Hello real world.

JB

March 17th, 2010
10:22 am

That S/B ” do NOT make it at Engineering firms etc.

BobbyDodd

March 17th, 2010
10:35 am

All I know is this kid has some moves and would make a great addition to our Defense. He could also play Offense but believe his upside is on the otherside of the ball.

Jacket Backer

March 17th, 2010
10:37 am

he’s a jacket…..

Tim

March 17th, 2010
10:41 am

Best of luck to you where ever you go!

Big Ben

March 17th, 2010
10:45 am

If he’s Synjyn’s little brother, where did the hunt and hyphen come from?

Coach Johnsons Paul

March 17th, 2010
10:58 am

Son,
Since you want to be a Dentist you would benefit more from enrolling at UGA as they will have plenty of Maxillofacial patients after our fans “Punch them in the face” after repeatedly losing to UGA year after year.

Gator Tater

March 17th, 2010
10:59 am

Dog fans are just trolls, mad after their bad season and the beat down we (& Lane Kiffin) put on ‘em. Their low self-esteem makes hatin’ all they can do……….
Actually we’re probably to blame I mean you WHUPPPPP, somebody 17 times in 20 years, that’s gotta damage the old ego.

LizellaJacket

March 17th, 2010
11:01 am

Don’t read too much into that last comment. I believe he will be a Yellow Jacket. He is a fan. He just started playing LB this year. Hence the reason teams are slow to offer.

1eyedJack

March 17th, 2010
11:02 am

Tech has a dental school? Imagine that.

And imagine a Tech recruit aspiring to do anything but enter the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

A real Dentist

March 17th, 2010
11:08 am

I appears his academic aspirations are higher than Georgia. Plenty of good schools in the South, where you can enjoy football and get a good education, Duke, Vandy, UVA, good luck.

A real Dentist

March 17th, 2010
11:10 am

1eyedJack – people interested in going to Dental school, have to get an undergraduate degree first. Then apply to Dental School, so the better the undergraduate degree, the better your chance of being accepted. Georgia Tech has plenty of appropriate degrees for a Dental school candidate.
It’s hard to imagine an adult doesn’t already know this?

1eyedJack

March 17th, 2010
11:14 am

Yeah, usually Biology or Pre-med. Guess the Tech degree will allow him to engineer some fine dental prosthetics.

Rueben Huston

March 17th, 2010
11:16 am

If I could get in Tech, he can get in. Anybody got any bail money?

Gator Tater

March 17th, 2010
11:24 am

TO ALL DAWGS:
I love your hatin’ ways, it proves we are superior and you are, well STUPID LOOOOOSERS, LOL.
You hate us because well, that’s obvious (you hate Alabama, LSU and Tennesse for the same reason, just not as bad as us).
You can beat the Techies at football, but they’re smarter than you and tell you what to do, so you hate them.
You hate Auburn becuase even though ya’ll are brothers, they’re the big brother and not only have a (slightly) better school, but have a better football over the last 30 years.
I could go on, but everyone (except dog fans) get the point.
SEE YOU IN J’VILLE!

huh?

March 17th, 2010
11:30 am

I still do not understand why anyone would want to go to tech. Ugly campus, terrible fan base, bad crime area, small stadium. Why would someone chose tech? please tell me. And dont say academics because you can get a good education anywhere. Employers mostly want to see that you went to college and got your diploma. Most of the time people do not end up working in the same field that they majored in. So…do not tell me academics. Is there another reason why someone would want to go to tech that I am missing?

Barack Dawg

March 17th, 2010
11:39 am

Enter your comments here

Barack Dawg

March 17th, 2010
11:40 am

Gator Tater – yep must be something special to have won 17 of the last 20 games against UGA and still be behind in the overall series. I think we had that period where we won 18 of 20. Times change and your time is coming. Hope your coach lives through the season and we can chat in December.

Barack Dawg

March 17th, 2010
11:43 am

Gator Tater – one other point about Stupidity — see the wonderlic score for Teblow. You have a stump, Vince Young, Tebow, rocks, and then the other QBs.

Cleveland, OH jacket

March 17th, 2010
11:48 am

“Employers mostly want to see that you went to college and got your diploma.”

LOL, you really believe that?!

1eyedJack

March 17th, 2010
11:49 am

Guys, Gator Tater IS a techie…posing.

Sweet Home Alabama

March 17th, 2010
12:03 pm

this sounds like the kind of prospect Bama may be interested.I will have to check with my sourses.Being a NERD is no way to go thru life.

If he goes to Georgia ,well i will let you fill in the blanks.I am in a good mood today.

ROLL TIDE ROLL………..

bank walker

March 17th, 2010
12:15 pm

There are D-1 recruits coming out of the woodwork in Georgia this year, and making states like alabamer and tennesissee look like powder puff leagues. The Dawgs are gonna rack up this year in the form of championships and recruits!! GoooooooDawgs!!

J dog

March 17th, 2010
12:25 pm

GatorTator, you havin a bad day??

Tippy Toe

March 17th, 2010
12:36 pm

These hyphenated names are killing me. It’s so “Women’s Lib.” Pick one last name and live with it.

Tippy Toe

March 17th, 2010
12:41 pm

bank walker ,

You must have been out of the country for a while. Just to fill you in, the Dawgs are in the CRAPPER!!! And I don’t just mean in the toilet bowl floating in the water. I’m talking “honey call Mr. Rooter to dig up the septic tank” crapper. Don’t think many recruits will be choosing the 5 Star Graveyard” anymore.

Dawg 3/20

March 17th, 2010
12:43 pm

Somedody is calling themselves Barack Dawg? Is that a joke? Anyway when was that 18/20, pre 1950s? Something tells me you weren’t there to enjoy that one but we are sure enjoying our 17/20 alright…..during our time. You have had a miserable 20 years…………so pop in that 1980 highlight VHS tape to reminisce and remember the PAST.

JMar

March 17th, 2010
12:53 pm

Hilarious. The kid is obviously just saying he doesn’t know yet, and half the commenters are taking it completely out of context. It’s not a criticism of GT.

GOGATOR

March 17th, 2010
1:03 pm

Come to UF for fun, sun, sand good food, and most of all, women.

GOGATOR

March 17th, 2010
1:20 pm

No kidding!!!

Haters Really?

March 17th, 2010
1:25 pm

Yall make me proud to be a Dawg fan…what a bunch of idiots!!! LOL!!!

RambleOn84

March 17th, 2010
1:30 pm

Sounds like a great athlete and a good kid. Hopefully he will come to Tech. It sounds like he is very close with his dad and brother, which would lead you to believe Tech is the team to beat. Good luck to him no matter where he goes.

Dap01

March 17th, 2010
1:35 pm

Tech is a wonderful place. Sometimes there is up to 45,000 at a game.

RambleOn84

March 17th, 2010
1:38 pm

45,000…that’s the same number of Dave Matthews cover bands scheduled to visit Athens this year

RambleOn84

March 17th, 2010
1:39 pm

By the way, how many fans were in the stands at Sanford with around 2 minutes left vs Kentucky in 2009?

Haters Really?

March 17th, 2010
1:45 pm

More than there was at all of your home games combined there RambleOn84…LOL!!!Really? I mean really???

RambleOn84

March 17th, 2010
1:56 pm

The “fans” all piled out of Sanford with around 2 minutes left, even though U[sic]GA still had a chance to win…yeah, what a great fanbase y’all have. A bunch of drunk, abrasive bandwagoners

John

March 17th, 2010
1:57 pm

Get a life people. Arguing on message boards? Is that the best we can do?

San Francisco Dawg

March 17th, 2010
2:02 pm

What? Another one star recruit?

wiley

March 17th, 2010
2:07 pm

Come on one eyed jack….half the kids getting an undergrad degree at Tech plan on getting further education in law, medicine or business…I am currently going to tech for pre-law. Our bio-medical engineering degree would be very valuable when applying to medical school or dental school for that matter…that type of engineering runs hand in hand with the medical industry. The only downside about going to tech is the difficulty of maintaining high grades. At tech a B in most classes is very good but a 3.2 grade average may look bad to medical and law schools if they don’t take the rigor of curriculum into account….luckily most top or medical schools understand the rigor of Georgia Tech and take that into account when reviewing transcripts.

wiley

March 17th, 2010
2:08 pm

insert “law” after top in the second to last line*