Synjyn Days plans to seize opportunity at Georgia Tech

Quarterback Synjyn Days was already motivated about showing up at Georgia Tech this summer and starting his college football career. Then news broke that backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw was leaving the Yellow Jackets to transfer to Georgia Southern.

Hillgrove quarterback and 2010 Georgia Tech signee Synjyn Days feels like he can help the Yellow Jackets immediately.

Hillgrove quarterback and 2010 Georgia Tech signee Synjyn Days feels like he can help the Yellow Jackets immediately.

Days immediately knew what that meant.

“I’m working out twice as hard because I know chances are I could be competing for second string or possibly even starting,” said Days, a 2010 signee from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs. “I’m going to try to get the No. 1 spot; that’s my goal. So the sky’s the limit right now.”

Days is not delusional. He knows rising senior Josh Nesbitt is the undisputed starter and leader of the Yellow Jackets’ offense. He’s aware that there are capable, more experienced backups are already on the roster. Redshirt freshmen Jordan Luallen and David Sims and sophomore Tevin Washington have been anxiously awaiting their chances to show their stuff.

But the mere possibility that he could be an injury or two from playing time has stoked Days’ competitive fires.

“It’s very exciting,” said Days, who chose the Jackets over Oklahoma State. “It’s all God’s will, but it’s pretty exciting. All I can do is be ready and I’m doing everything I can so I can be.”

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Days ran the triple option at Hillgrove, accounting for 105 touchdowns, 75 rushing and 30 passing. He works with his quarterbacks coach at Hillgrove, Ron Zeal, several times a week. Zeal played quarterback for Arizona in college.

Meanwhile, Days continues to work out in the weight room with the Hillgrove football team in the mornings and runs track in the afternoons.

Days is one of the Hawks’ leading sprinters. He competes in the 100, 200, 400, 4×100, 4×400 and long jump. That’s a tremendous workload for even the most highly-conditioned athletes.

“I usually don’t even cramp up,” Days said. “It just feels like a normal day of work for me.”

Throw on top of that the fact that Days also has a part-time job — he works at a local Publix as a bagger — and it’s evident that Days is not cruising through his last semester in high school.

“It can be pretty interesting trying to manage a job, school, track and doing the football thing on the side,” Days said. “It’s just life. It will help me out in the long run in college. I’m going to be out on my own pretty soon and be able to do what I want. It’s helping me become discipline and become a man pretty much.”

Days is also spending time as a recruiter for the Yellow Jackets. His younger brother Jabari Hunt-Days, a rising senior for the Hawks, is a fast-rising college prospect as a linebacker. And teammate Kadetrix Marcus is also a Division I prospect as a defensive back.

Days really likes to talk up his “little” brother.

“He’s 6-3, 230, a big guy, a strong guy,” Days said. “He squats over 500 pounds, benches well over 300. He’s fast; runs like a 4.6 40. He’s actually on our 4×100 team. That just shows his athleticism.”

Of course, Days wants his brother to follow him to The Flats. But so far the Jackets have not offered.

“He’s got to find out what’s best for him; I’ve already found out what’s best for me,” Days said. “It doesn’t matter what college he goes to because I’m going to support him no matter what”

Even Georgia, which is starting to show Hunt-Days some interest?

“Well, I wouldn’t want him to,” Days said with a laugh, “but he’s my brother so I’d have to support him.”

60 comments Add your comment

joe

March 19th, 2010
10:03 am

aaaaye sounds like tech got a good player

Seresaa

March 19th, 2010
10:07 am

…congratulations my son…

jadams

March 19th, 2010
10:13 am

We will take all the Days we can get. Kid sounds like a bruiser similar to Nesbitt and his brother sounds like a freak. (in a good way).

Buzz

March 19th, 2010
10:32 am

Keep up the good work young man!!! Sounds like he is a helluva good kid!!!

KeithB

March 19th, 2010
10:34 am

Looking forward to seeing you, and maybe your brother and teammate, in Blue and Gold!

KeithB

March 19th, 2010
10:35 am

Oh yeah, and Gerogia is in on the younger Days which mean he must be good!

KeithB

March 19th, 2010
10:36 am

Oops, Georgia.

dawgs01

March 19th, 2010
10:39 am

He has got to be in great shape. That is one hell of a workload.

GT fan

March 19th, 2010
10:46 am

Great column on a heck of a young man. I am excited that Tech has got this kid. His work ethic will be surpassed by none from the sound of things. Keep up the great work and you will get your shot. Good luck to your brother also in picking a school for his future. I would love to see the Days brothers both at Tech and wreaking havoc on the field. Best of luck to the both of you…

RambleOn84

March 19th, 2010
10:52 am

He sounds like a great athlete, a great competitor, and most importantly, a hard worker. I wish him the best, and it sounds like we should get after his brother pretty soon.

TechCE81

March 19th, 2010
10:59 am

KeithB, “blue and gold.” Blue? Really?? White and gold, people, white and gold. Not black, not blue, not navy. White and gold.

Welcome Days

March 19th, 2010
11:01 am

KeithB – I’m sure you mean White and Gold.

KC

March 19th, 2010
11:07 am

Welcome to the Flats, young man. You give the impression of being the type of player we can all root for and support. You will not regret your decision to come to GT one bit. Old gold and white will look fine on you, young man. Not to mention how proud your family will be to see Georgia Institute of Technology on your college degree. Best of luck and keep up the hard work!

AD

March 19th, 2010
11:16 am

Synjyn is one of the most respectful kids that I have ever met. He is a hard worker and has great family support. Everything is yes sir, no sir and with the way kids are today, he is a breath of fresh air. GT has a good kid!

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

March 19th, 2010
11:24 am

As much as I hate to see Jaybo leave, I’m excited about the opportunities we’ll have to see some of the new guys at QB. Synjyn certainly has his act together, not only on the field, but off the field as well. I wish him great success at GT, whether it’s in the QB position or some other role. If he keeps working as diligently as he is now, then the sky is the limit for him.

bitter tennersea fan

March 19th, 2010
11:32 am

we going sign that day’s couple, lane donn d–cided to take both so stop dreaming bumble bees ya still suc, big orange get who evere we all wont, my sister will be recruiting in atlanta with open arms all 7 foot of her, she may come in the hills of eastern tennersea buit she can come inn the atl two. haha going still from tech now, lane going get (pay 4) who ever geoga boy he wontta. ya sux go big oranja

Sporty Black

March 19th, 2010
11:36 am

Refreshing to see GT back-filling Nesbitt with real talent (Jaybo was cool, but not really what GT needed). CPJ should be able to rest Nesbitt more often and early. This should prove beneficial for the stretch run, championship and bowl games. Exciting times ahead!

In the 3-4, we will need as many LB’s as possible. At 230 lbs, Jabari is running the 4 x 100. That my friends is the definition of an athelete that can play OLB and run with receivers and backs in down field coverage. I say go get Jabari now!!!

charles

March 19th, 2010
11:58 am

KC- you Tech people are delusional about the “value” of a GT degree. Unless a young person has an interest in moving to Bangalore, I wouldn’t count on the great benefit of going to Tech.

reebok

March 19th, 2010
12:00 pm

wow…this guy sounds like one heck of a fine young man…tough, talented and hard-working. can’t wait to see what a player like this will be able to do running PJ’s offense…

1 jacketfan

March 19th, 2010
12:04 pm

Mr. Days, After watching you play us (Rome High School) your junior year I knew you were a special athlete,when I heard that you had committed to the SWARM I found myself cheering for you your senior year,keep up the great work, rember to whom much is given much is required. P.S. bring LITTLE brother with you.

Pi$$onaDawg

March 19th, 2010
12:07 pm

Charles the US is not producing many engineers as it stands, but the US doesn’t have many JOBS either. I will take my TECH degree and go anywhere in the world to work, but can you take a UGA crasscutting Degree around the world? Tech was so good in the 50’s-06’s because of the GI BILL and Soldiers and Big Guys being engineers. Now, most engineers are 5-10 160 lbs and sit behind computers not Play Football. Most not ALL. California has many Hi-Tech jobs and full of Tech GRADS.

1 jacketfan

March 19th, 2010
12:10 pm

Dear,Charles , You know what people like you call people with a degree from Tech, give you a hint–” BOSS”

KC

March 19th, 2010
12:23 pm

Charles….when you get that Chevy down off lift 3 could you take a look at this ladies BMW?

SMITTYSTHEMAN

March 19th, 2010
12:42 pm

The person that takes over for Nesbitt next year, whoever you are, please have an accurate passing arm. If Tech has a QB that runs the option as well as Nesbitt AND can throw the ball with accuracy — OMG what on offensive juggernaut they will have.

Fillin' up @ Juniors

March 19th, 2010
12:44 pm

Sounds like someones mamma did a good job with this young man. Disciplied, motivated and mature. Just the kind of player I love cheering for, welcome to the flats Synjyn. You’ll have no idea the high caliber of people who will have cheering for you, coming to Georgia Tech will benefit you the rest of your life. Good decision…

RambleOn84

March 19th, 2010
12:44 pm

Nesbitt’s throwing isn’t quite as bad as people make it out to be…a lot of his throws are over 20 yards. Every QB has a low percentage on long throws like that. Nesbitt also had a lot of passes dropped…when you don’t throw many passes, every drop hurts.

Ron Mexico

March 19th, 2010
12:51 pm

I’d start the kid now, cause Nesbitt is horrible.

flagboy?

March 19th, 2010
12:52 pm

KC

March 19th, 2010
12:23 pm
Charles….when you get that Chevy down off lift 3 could you take a look at this ladies BMW?
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lady’s or ladies?

Good luck to this kid at tech. Sounds like a good kid and wish him the the best.

flagboy?

March 19th, 2010
12:54 pm

Ron Mexico, i’m a Dawg fan, and I hope tech takes your advice and runs with it.

You guys won’t know what you had in Nesbitt until he leaves.

Kevdawg

March 19th, 2010
1:00 pm

Synjyn isn’t just hyping his brother, he is the real deal. My understanding is the Jabari will be in Athens this weekend. I hope Coach Richt/Grantham jump on this right away. The first to offer will be a big favorite!

RambleOn84

March 19th, 2010
1:01 pm

Nesbitt was 1st Team All ACC…not quite horrible

RambleOn84

March 19th, 2010
1:02 pm

Kevdawg,
Jabari already has a few offers from what I hear. He likes UGA, but Tech will be the team to beat if they offer him. He and his brother are very close.

Kevdawg

March 19th, 2010
1:02 pm

By the way, they are both fine young men and wish both of them the best, even if both wind up at Tech. If CPJ lands them both, a job well done!

Cracker Jacket

March 19th, 2010
1:04 pm

Welcome to the DQ family!!!

dogcrap

March 19th, 2010
1:05 pm

hey charles, where did you go to college?

Kevdawg

March 19th, 2010
1:06 pm

Ramble,

I hear that whoever offers first between Tech and Georgia will be in t he drivers seat. As much time as he has spent with his brother down at Tech, the Jackets should have a leg up, but I’m pretty surprised that Tech hasn’t dropped an offer, especially how Jabari has been tearing up the combines.

Either way, he would be a great addition to any program!

RambleOn84

March 19th, 2010
1:11 pm

Yeah Kevdawg,
I wish we would offer him, but I think we’re waiting to see what happens with Vaughters and some other LBs we’re offering. I’m not sure why we would wait any longer on this guy considering all the noise he has been making recently, but I’ll trust Johnson’s judgment for now on this.

Techster

March 19th, 2010
1:25 pm

I’m glad he is smart enough to get into GT. I hope his brother is too, but…..

JB

March 19th, 2010
1:32 pm

This QB looks like a real good player for Tech. I never thought they would get a better one than Nesbitt, But if he can pass, Tech will be tougher. Nesbitt is a horrible passer and Johnson has proven he’ll throw it down the field. Good luck at Tech Except you know when. Go Dawgs.

KC

March 19th, 2010
2:18 pm

“Lady’s”. Ugh. Don’t type while hungry.

Anyway….go Jackets!

STEINER

March 19th, 2010
2:38 pm

Nesbitt will play SS or FS in the NFL….As good a QB as he is, he is a better DB, and at 220 lbs., he will lay the wood to you also…..Don’t know whether the new QB will be as tough as Nesbitt….The QB in Tech’s offense gonna take a beating….Cwinslette

St Simons Daddy

March 19th, 2010
2:42 pm

Best of luck to Synjyn except for the last Saturday in November.

THWGT!!!!!

Cuttysark

March 19th, 2010
2:48 pm

What a nice article on a fine young man Chip! Thank you. Also not too many derogatory comments being posted which is nice for a change. This gentleman would be a great addition to any program. Welcome to Tech Mr. Days.

For more Georgia Tech football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

vamosjackets

March 19th, 2010
4:57 pm

Absolutely loved this article. And most of the comments are clean as well from both sides. This young man must really be something special.

Jackette

March 19th, 2010
5:23 pm

so glad your a JACKET! Good luck Synjyn and go get’em! Yes, please talk your brother and your friend into coming to GT as well!

bitter tennersea fan

March 19th, 2010
8:15 pm

i here nesbit will transfer this here yer to tennersea, hot dawg, got us a nothrr geoga bo, thisin here can tho beter than that cali fool last year, hill squell just fine, just missed a payment short on that dyer fellow, shoks too bade. gadawgs sux, go big orange and kiss my da’trick

Alter state

March 19th, 2010
10:46 pm

Every good QB has a nickname, how bout “Synjyn the Engine?”

GT VET

March 19th, 2010
11:02 pm

Yea those GT degrees are so over rated ,I got mine became a Navy Fighter Pilot then retired with everything i have paid for.Now all i do is Fly fish and turkey hunt .MAN what a terrible time Im having.GO GT,GO NAVY..You will LOVE GT Synjyn,and no matter what the pups say GT women are HOTT and they can actually think by themselves..Good luck

GT VET

March 19th, 2010
11:03 pm

uhmmm that would be think for themselves…see how bored i am…lol

THEHILLISREAL

March 20th, 2010
12:32 am

A great athlete….. but there need to be some growth before he can touch the field this year as QB at TECH. Now, I would put him in at the A-back to get him ready. He has the same feet as Marcus Lattimore.