Note: I’m recasting this story as it was up only a short time yesterday before the Christian LeMay news broke.
Part Two of a possible three-for-one deal between the Days family of Powder Springs and Georgia Tech is now complete.
Jabari Hunt-Days, a 6-foot-3, 226-pound linebacker from Hillgrove High School, committed to the Yellow Jackets during their camp this past Saturday. He becomes the second member of his family to the pledge Georgia Tech, joining his brother Synjyn Days, who signed with the Yellow Jackets as a quarterback in the Class of 2010.
Georgia Tech now hopes to get some basketball help from the Days family. Basketball prospect Rod Days, a 6-foot-7 wing player from Miami, was in town with his AAU team this past weekend and spent some time touring campus and meeting with the Jackets’ coaches.
Rod Days is a first cousin of both Jabari and Synjyn.
“Hopefully we’ll all be [at Tech] before it’s over,” said Hunt-Days, speaking by phone as he attended Rod’s AAU basketball game in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.
Hunt-Days was one of two commitments the Yellow Jackets landed during their elite prospect one-day camp this past Saturday on The Flats. Tech also landed offensive lineman Shaquille “Shaq” Mason of Columbia, Tenn. They become the sixth and seventh commitments for the Yellow Jackets for 2011.
Hunt-Days was obviously hopeful of the Tech offer but a little surprised when it actually came.
“There were two sessions on the day and they offered me after the first session of the camp,” said Hunt-Days. “They pulled me out of lunch and told me to go to Coach Johnson’s office. I kind of had an idea. One of the coaches had hinted. But I couldn’t be sure until he actually offered.”
Hunt-Days accepted on the spot.
Hunt-Days’ commitment officially ends what has been a somewhat frustrating process for this impressive athlete. Despite blowing up several combines since last fall, the fleet-footed two-way star (he also plays running back at Hillgrove) hadn’t attracted the number of offers he felt he deserved. Only Auburn, Maryland, Ohio, Florida International and Toledo came forth with official offers before Hunt-Days’ received the overture from Georgia Tech.
But that’s fine now that it’s all behind him. He wouldn’t listen if somebody else stepped up with an offer now.
“I’m focusing on becoming a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket,” he said. “It means a lot to me. As you know, I’m a Christian and I’m thankful that God came through and answered my prayers.”
Hunt-Days said “I think I’m done” with combines and camps. But he still has a busy summer ahead of him.
Hunt-Days will spend the July 4th weekend in Tuscaloosa representing Team Georgia with a number of other Atlanta area players in the Badger 7-on-7 National Tournament. And July 7th he goes to Oregon for the National Nike Combine, an invitation-only affair that came as a result of Hunt-Days recording one of the highest SPARQ ratings in the nation this year (SPARQ is a scoring system to rate speed, agility, strength and leaping ability).
In the meantime, nobody is happier about this weekend’s news than Hunt-Days’ parents.
“They’re happy it’s going to one-stop shopping in football season,” Hunt-Days said with a laugh.
GEORGIA TECH 2011 COMMITMENTS