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: