Georgia Tech is hopeful it can parlay its signing of Synjyn Days into a three-for-one deal.
Days is, of course, the quarterback from Hillgrove High in Powder Springs who signed with the Yellow Jackets back in February. And those who read this space regularly should be familiar with Days’ younger brother, Jabari Hunt-Days, a fast-rising 2011 prospect at linebacker. Hunt-Days (6-3, 226) doesn’t currently have a scholarship offer from Tech but most expect he’ll get one eventually.
Now there is a third Days entering the picture for the Yellow Jackets. Rod Days Jr. is a four-star basketball prospect from Miami. He also happens to be the Days brothers’ first cousin.
Not surprisingly, he is being recruited by Georgia Tech.
“We’re planning to come up there for a visit,” said Rod Days, a 6-foot-6 swingman who averaged Miami’s Sagemont High School. “I’m not sure when yet. Me and my dad haven’t figured that out. But we’re coming, probably sometime around the end of April.”
If you haven’t noticed yet, athleticism runs in the Days family. Calvin Days, the father of Synjyn and Jabari, was a football star in high school in Panama City and Miami and was slated to play at the University of Florida before complications with asthma forced him to give up the game. Calvin’s brother and Rod’s father, Roderick Days Sr., was named “Mr. Miami Basketball” in high school and played basketball at Brevard Community College. He was also a standout baseball player.
Synjyn speaks with pride about his father and uncle and would like nothing better than to turn his matriculation on The Flats into a four-year family reunion.
“It would be nice for Jabari, Rod and me to all be at Georgia Tech at the same time,” said Synjyn, who will enroll at Tech in June. “When Rod comes up the three of us will spend some time together on campus and I’ll work on him.”
There is some work left to be done. Georgia Tech is not Rod Days’ only opportunity. As the 12th-ranked small forward in the country (per Scout.com), he has a lot of them. From more than a dozen offers he has narrowed his choices down to five favorites: Georgia Tech, Richmond, Maryland, Michigan and Wake Forest.
According to Rod Sr., Tech was actually recruiting his son well before the family connection was established. “Actually they started recruiting him almost two years ago when he was a sophomore,” he said.
But having family already enrolled at The Institute certainly doesn’t hurt.
“As far as them being there, that definitely helps,” said Rod Jr., who averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds for Sagemont last season. “And I have some other family in the Atlanta area, too, on my mother’s side. It’s always good to have friends and family close by.”
As for the impending visit, Days said: “I’m excited about it. It’s a good school and a good basketball program. I actually don’t know that much about it right now. When I get up there I’m sure my cousins will show me around.”
And then some.
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