I’ve often said that Hillgrove linebacker Jabari Hunt-Days may end up being a four-star prospect before it’s all said and done. And if you factored in the ability to compete in combines, he probably ought to get five stars.
The Georgia Tech commitment returned to Atlanta this past weekend after finishing second in the nation at the Nike National Combine in Beaverton, Ore.
Hunt-Days (6-3, 226) earned that invitation by recording one of the top SPARQ scores this year in two Nike preliminary events in Atlanta and Orlando. SPARQ stands for Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness and is a system for rating athleticism. Athletes compete in the 40-yard dash, power ball toss, agility shuttle, yo-yo intermittent recovery test and vertical jump.
Hunt-Days was impressive. He recorded a gaudy 131.64 rating. A score 100 is considered exceptional.
“It went very well,” said Hunt-Days, whose older brother Synjyn Days signed with the Yellow Jackets this past February. “It was fun to see where Nike was. The headquarters, the buildings and the museum, they were all awesome. The place is huge.”
And Hunt-Days and his fellow competitors had the run of the place. Other than the short time it took to conduct the competition, the players had a lot of down time to hang out and get to know each other.
“Mostly we hung out in the players’ lounge, which was really nice,” Hunt-Days said. “They had [the video game] NCAA ‘11 in there and it hasn’t even come out yet. So we were in there playing that.”
So what did Hunt-Days get for finishing second in the nation?
“The only trophy was the first-place trophy,” said Hunt-Days, and that went to a California kid named Ryan Henderson who is committed to Utah. Henderson recorded a SPARQ of 134-plus.
Hunt-Days said Tim Tebow, who was helping Nike host the event, signed a football for him that is being shipped to his school. Other than that he said the competitors received lots of swag, such as shoes, cleats and t-shirts.
Now Hunt-Days intends to turn his attention back to the business football. Now “locked in with the Jackets,” as he says, Hunt-Days plans on preparing to help the Hillgrove Hawks compete for a state championship.