Jabari Hunt-Days shown ‘a lot of love’ at Georgia’s junior day

Jabari Hunt-Days didn’t come away with a scholarship offer like the hoped, but the linebacker from Powder Springs was still beaming after a trip to Athens this past Saturday for Georgia’s junior day.

Hunt-Days, a 6-foot-2, 226-pound rising senior at Hillgrove High, was one of more than two-dozen college prospects that watched the Bulldogs practice at Sanford Stadium and got a behind-the-scenes look at the football program. But Hunt-Days came away feeling anything but one of the crowd.

“Well they showed me a lot of love,” Hunt-Days said on Sunday. “I didn’t come away with an offer but they were very excited about me. I was set apart from some of the other kids. It sort I felt like I was a focus for them. That really got my attention. They didn’t show love to everybody the way they showed it to me. They told me to continue to call and I told them I would.”

Hunt-Days, who plays linebacker and running back at Hillgrove, became one of the state’s fastest-rising prospects after distinguishing himself at three different combines this year. Currently he has only one offer from Toledo. But interest picked up fast after he recorded the nation’s third-highest performance rating at a Nike combine earlier this month and was invited to its all-star event in Oregon this summer.

Since then Hunt-Days has been flooded with letters and has been invited to junior days and camps at Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Florida State, among others.

He said the Bulldogs made him feel special.

“They said they were glad to see me there,” Hunt-Days said. “I got to spend some time with Coach [Todd] Grantham [defensive coordinator]. I had a meeting with him and Coach [Stacy] Searels, my recruiting coach. I talked to Coach [Mark] Richt toward the end. He was happy for me to be there and told me to continue to call the coaches.”

Hunt-Day’s brother is Hillgrove quarterback Synjyn Days, who signed with Georgia Tech in February. That fact was not lost on the Georgia coaches.

“Yeah, they brought it up,” Hunt-Days said with a laugh. “They made a couple of jokes about it.”

So was he disappointed to not come away with a tangible offer?

“Nah,” Hunt-Days said. “They’re still feeling things out. It’s a process I have to be patient about.”

Other visitors to UGA this weekend included:

  • RB/CB Mario Alford, Greenville
  • TE Rory Anderson, McEachern
  • OL David Andrews, Wesleyan
  • TE Kennard Blackman, Mableton (Whitefield Academy)
  • OL C.J. Bray, James Island, S.C.
  • QB Austin Brown, Flowery Branch
  • QB Akil Dan-Fodio, Redan
  • DT Lonnie Gosha, Lake Butler, Fla.
  • DB Tev’n Hamilton, Darlington
  • DB Neville Hewitt, Rockdale County
  • LB D.J. Hill, Newton
  • DT Grady Jarrett, Rockdale County
  • DE Jordan Jenkins, Harris County
  • OL Alex Jauregui, Peachtree Ridge
  • ATH Chris Milton, Charlton County
  • WR Charone Peake, Roebuck, S.C.
  • TE Bryce Sweeney, Camden County
  • DE Chris Terry, Jacksonville-First Coast
  • DB Avery Walls, Union Grove

52 comments Add your comment

getthepicturenow

March 22nd, 2010
8:21 am

hey Chip, did Damian Swann make the trip?

UGAEVER

March 22nd, 2010
8:36 am

there you go

SEC Fan

March 22nd, 2010
8:40 am

believe Swann had a track meet to participate in so didn’t attend

CW

March 22nd, 2010
9:15 am

His brother must not have NFL dreams if he’s going to Tech. Oh well

Matthews Dawg

March 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

I’m 4th!! Just like Tech nerds

Matthews Dawg

March 22nd, 2010
9:16 am

Wrong again, like Tech nerds

Dawg stuck in Bham

March 22nd, 2010
9:17 am

4th…..
So glad to hear we don’t sling offers because a kid scores well on tests. Looking at the history of great players at UGA, I’d guess guys like Terri Hoage and David Pollack would not have scored well on “tests” but they played with heart and smarts.
Here’s to hoping the kid turns out a winner, gets an offer, accepts and plays better than expected! Not just for UGA’s good but for his own as well…

Dawg stuck in Bham

March 22nd, 2010
9:18 am

Crud…I was 7th

MB

March 22nd, 2010
9:30 am

Hey CW watch the NFL draft this year

Chip Towers

March 22nd, 2010
9:42 am

getthepicturenow: Damian Swann did not make it and it was indeed because of a track meet. I talked with Damian yesterday and will have an update later today.

KD

March 22nd, 2010
9:45 am

Don’t understand why he didn’t get an offer, I bet Meyer or Saban would have given him an offer and probably would have received an commitment. That’s the difference between them and Richt, and why they are getting the top players and UGA is getting the second tier of players.

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 22nd, 2010
9:50 am

He’s got the size and scores well. Let’s hope it all works out for him and the dawgs?

I like whats happening at UGA these days. (30-24)

Dave In Tampa

March 22nd, 2010
9:53 am

Did we make any offers over the weekend?

Stinger

March 22nd, 2010
9:54 am

Days is not interested in you. He will jilt you if offered.

harold

March 22nd, 2010
9:54 am

WHY WOULD THESE GUYS WANT TO GO TO AN AVERAGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM LIKE GEORGIA WHEN THEY COULD PLAY AT CHAMPIONSHIP PROGRAMS LIKE FLORIDA AND ALABAMA?

getthepicturenow

March 22nd, 2010
9:58 am

thanks Chip, love the updates.

JB

March 22nd, 2010
10:02 am

Paul Johnson seen on Prince Ave holding sign ” we will be here for you if no offer comes from Georgia”

JB

March 22nd, 2010
10:04 am

harold, some young players don’t like jerks and lying. Just my guess.

Dawg26

March 22nd, 2010
10:05 am

@ Harold-

Because they want an education too! ;)

GT Fan...

March 22nd, 2010
10:42 am

“They showed me a lot of love”
“They said they were glad I was here”

Mr Hunt-Days …… what in the hell did you think they were going to do/say?? If GA decides to offer you a scholarship down the road don’t you think it would hurt their chances of getting you if they had treated you just the opposite of what you experienced this weekend.

Duh! I mean, do you really think they told even a single attendee this weekend “hey, we were hoping you didn’t show, b/c we really don’t want you here”

Brainiac

March 22nd, 2010
10:49 am

Harold: If I ever need a brain transplant I want yours because it obviously has never been used.

bkbroila4224

March 22nd, 2010
10:52 am

Wow….so it IS GT fans keeping the word “Duh” alive and well…thanks GT fans…lol

brucemac

March 22nd, 2010
10:58 am

Harold, because Bama only has a few schollies left and noone wants to go to Florida anymore. There run is over since CUM is now part time and less envolved (I think he calls it delegating responsibility). UGA will own SEC East for next ten years.

harold

March 22nd, 2010
11:03 am

AGAIN: I WOULD CHOOSE GEORGIA FOR TENNIS AND BASEBALL. GEORGIA IS JUST AN AVERAGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM IF YOU LOOK AT THE RECORD LAST YEAR. WHY WOULD THEY WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR AN AVERAGE FOOTBALL TEAM WHEN YOU COULD PLAY FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM LIKE FLORIDA OR ALABAMA??

ReptilesRule

March 22nd, 2010
11:07 am

Gosha will be joining Tim Jernagin and hopefully James Vaughters as the future of the Florida D. Noticed that Jernagin, along with James Wilder Jr and Jeff Driskel were having fun visiting Gators Saturday spring practice. But the happiest guy at that practice seemed to be none other than one… Urban Meyer…

ReptilesRule

March 22nd, 2010
11:10 am

And by the way…contrary to those who were NOT there and have no clue…he was VERY involved!

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 22nd, 2010
11:17 am

Harold you are too funny maybe the kid will Pick an ACC school, go to CLASS, work on a DEGREE, and play sports too. I know that is hard for you to understand but it is COLEGE right?

reservoirDAWG

March 22nd, 2010
11:27 am

Harold, check UGA’s record with Richt. You don’t know much. Now granted the last two years have been a bit disappointing, but as a whole UGA is a fine program with Richt.

Delbert D.

March 22nd, 2010
11:35 am

Maybe the last 2 years were just the tip of the icenberger. The off-the field problems have begun unusually early. Meanwhile, CMR fiddles and can’t decide. Dick Cheney is very available as a vice-coach/advisor.

Dude

March 22nd, 2010
11:37 am

Harold.. The kid would still have to live in Alabama and PLEASE TURN OFF THE CAPS LOCK.

Bo Williams

March 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

Harold, leave the CAPS LOCK on, I like all-caps. I’m not as trendy as Dude.

Bo Williams

March 22nd, 2010
11:54 am

But on another note, Harold, you are easy to see through (disingenuous).

chDawg

March 22nd, 2010
12:01 pm

Your right, they just passed a law stating that your record last year will be the same record you have for rest of time. Also any good player will now be able to sign with Bama or Florida with no limits. Only bad players can sign elsewhere. Plus only people who type in caps will be taken seriously.

My goodness, where do these idiots come from?

harold

March 22nd, 2010
12:21 pm

GEORGIA IS GREAT IN TENNIS AND BASEBALL IS ALL I AM SAYING. GEORGIA IS AVERAGE IN FOOTBALL. ALABAMA AND FLORIDA ARE BETTER FOOTBALL CHOICES THAN GEORGIA.

J Dog

March 22nd, 2010
12:38 pm

Valid point about the championships Harold. but UGA has put more kids in the NFL lately than either Bama or Florida. If I’m a young man and I want to make it to the NFL, I give UGA a serious look. UGA may not have been to the SEC championship in the last few years, but UGA is apparently better than most preparing young men for the NFL.
Also what happens to all those high profile recruits once they go to Florida and Bama? Why don’t more make to the NFL? I would expect to see more Bama & Florida players in the NFL than UGA, but UGA has more. Why is that??
Also UGA was playing for championships as recently as 2005. Having NO defense has kept us away from any championships for the past 4 or 5 years. If the denfensive coaching moves work at UGA, then the next few years should be fun to watch.

T. King #12

March 22nd, 2010
12:39 pm

@pi$$onadowg… no its not, its COLLEGE

walrus

March 22nd, 2010
12:39 pm

Why do people on this blog talk as if the recruit is actually listening? Seriously, they don’t need your advice. The fact that you’re trying to counsel a highschool football player you don’t even know on an Atlanta paper’s blog says it all. Now, as a Dawg fan, I would love to see this kid at inside ‘backer. But thats his choice and its up to Richt, Grantham, and Gardner to try to get him here, not me.

harold

March 22nd, 2010
12:44 pm

GEORGIA IS NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL PROGRAM LIKE ALABAMA OR FLORIDA. IF THESE GUYS PLAY TENNIS AND BASEBALL GEORGIA IS A GOOD PICK. GEORGIA IS AN AVERAGE AT BEST FOOTBALL PROGRAM. THE DAWGS WILL CONTINUE TO BE FLORIDA’S BITCH!

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 22nd, 2010
12:47 pm

t.king sorrry doing other things too and mispellled but you got the point.

GTMike

March 22nd, 2010
1:50 pm

Does anybody know why this guy’s only offer is from Toledo? All I ever hear about is what an awesome player he is and how he has been phenomenal at combines… I hear more about him than any other linebacker in the metro Atlanta area. Yet, he only has the one offer when other LB’s are raking in dozens of offers. I just don’t understand why nobody big has offered him yet, especially Tech considering how he wanted to go there in the first place.

Porter

March 22nd, 2010
1:57 pm

Sounds like the Hutson Mason situation?????? I hear he had to play out of postion the past two years and that has hurt him. But I have seen him and his brother play, At FB he was a Mack Truck, at LB he brings the pain. I got a feeling someone may lose out waiting?

Poindexter Jugdish

March 22nd, 2010
2:48 pm

I’m sure Searls and Garner and his potential position coach have watched his film and so have other schools and feel at this time he is too much of a risk. If his play warrants this season he will get tons of big-time offers. Workout warriors do not necessarily make good football players.

ECB

March 22nd, 2010
2:53 pm

I like it that all the GT fans are always on here when its talk about UGA. I guess if they ever had anything to write about, they might be on theres?

Chip Towers

March 22nd, 2010
3:16 pm

GTMike: I’d say Jabari Hunt-Days is one of the proverbial late bloomers. He played both ways on a decent Hillgrove team but was a little bit in the shadow of his older brother Synjyn Days. He didn’t do a lot stuff to get himself in front of recruiters before this spring. Now that evaluators have been able to test him against other elite athletes they’ve been able to determine that he has some special athletic gifts. But that still doesn’t mean he’s a D-1 football player. So I’m sure the big dogs are starting to take a hard look at his film and you probably won’t say a ton of offers until they get him on campus for camps. That won’t be until this summer. But there’s plenty of time. Meanwhile, Hunt-Days is well behind blue-chip linebackers such as James Vaughters, A.J. Johnson, Amarlo Herrera, Terrance Smith and the like.

Jim n Buckhead

March 22nd, 2010
3:31 pm

HAROLD …TENNIS AND BASEBALL……..YOUR COMMENTS CUT TO THE BONE

north ga dawg

March 22nd, 2010
4:55 pm

Chip do you have a list of players that uga has offered if so I would be interested in seeing it thanks

JC in Powder Springs

March 22nd, 2010
5:02 pm

If he continues to work hard on both the field and in the classroom, it looks like he’ll get all the offers he wants. I’m glad he enjoyed his trip to Athens. It’s a great place to be on a sunny spring weekend, not to mention 75% of the students are hot babes.

Glory Glory

March 22nd, 2010
6:27 pm

I would like to see his last name on the back of UGA jersey! Just makes me wonder to why no offer from our coaches.

West Ga Dawg

March 22nd, 2010
9:36 pm

Harold why would any college super star want to live in Alabama? I think if you check the records Coach Richt has beaten Satan just as many times as he has beaten Georgia. I apologize I mean Saban. He will not even be coaching Bama within 2 years. He will be at Michigan. The only coach Bama has had within the last 10 years with any class was Mike Shula.Remember the only good thing out of Alabama is I-20.

Red Dog 77

March 23rd, 2010
12:56 am

Yup, another night of bla, bla, bla. With UGA’s new 3-4 defense and an overflowing class of top talent, no wonder DOGS didn’t offer this kid ! Todd Grantham is going to get the players he wants in this class, so many to chose from, he will get the ones he wants, not nessesarily the ones the AJC thinks he should offer. HAROLD………….When Florida and Alabama, both get the snot drilled out of them this year, I’m gonna be scratching my butt, just wondering, where’s ol’ HAROLD now?