Tech-bound Jabari Hunt-Days finishes No. 2 in Nike SPARQ championship

Jabari Hunt-Days puts everything he has into a power ball toss last week in Oregon. (Photo by Nike Football)

Jabari Hunt-Days puts everything he has into a power ball toss during the Nike SPARQ national championships last week in Oregon. (Photo by Nike Football)

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.

68 comments Add your comment

RomeDawg

July 12th, 2010
2:44 pm

Congrats! I hate he won’t be a dawg. Good Luck.

11-0-1 1990 National Champs

July 12th, 2010
2:47 pm

Welcome aboard!

brock

July 12th, 2010
2:48 pm

Now this is an example of what kids should be focusing on in the off season. Kid ain’t even outta high school and he’s got his stuff together. Congrats for representing Jabari.

Mightydawg

July 12th, 2010
2:56 pm

Chip–any point of comparison regarding how past Nike National Combine winners or runner ups have done in college? Does the SPARQ score translate into success at the next level?

Don

July 12th, 2010
2:57 pm

Great job Jabari. Looking forward to seeing you on the flats.

Golden Tornado

July 12th, 2010
2:57 pm

Gonna be a good one. GO JACKETS !!!!

JMar

July 12th, 2010
3:04 pm

NCAA rules questions, Chip – Although I personally believe it’s harmless, I’m surprised that it is OK under NCAA rules to play for sponsored swag. Are schools allowed to give kids swags during recruitment? At what point does swag (hats, shirts) become more (cars, televisions)? Is it a fine line, or is there gray area?

collegeballfan

July 12th, 2010
3:05 pm

I concur with Mightydawg and his question; “Does the SPARQ score translate into success at the next level?” To maybe rephrase the question, can he play football?

BigTimeTechFan

July 12th, 2010
3:14 pm

Nice, can you provide some other scores of other top recuits from GA.

Savannah Jacket

July 12th, 2010
3:20 pm

Great article Chip. It is really nice to read about a young man focusing on positive things. We look forward to cheering for you in Bobby Dodd.

Go Jackets!!!!

Porter

July 12th, 2010
3:38 pm

Hunt-Days has been a starter for Hillgrove on their State Playoff team at FB with, and an all-Region player as 10th Grader. He is part of the. Have seen him at some of the Cobb County 7 on 7’s and Seen his highlight. I believe he is ready for college now. He is part of the Kadetrix Marcus Tadem. I seen he and the Days Kid make big plays in the 3 games I saw last year. Good Job Chip!!!!

Jackets!

July 12th, 2010
3:44 pm

I told yall. He will continue to post high marks at these camps…lets hope the rivals guys can look past the GT spite and give him another star…he really deserves it.

Aptd4

July 12th, 2010
3:50 pm

I keep hearing the talk of 4 star, I am thinking more 5-Star and AJC Super 11. Any Votes?? what do you think Chip??

SILLY UGA FANS

July 12th, 2010
4:29 pm

I could care less how many stars the kid gets. He can play ball from the tape I’ve seen so if they keep him at 3 star that is fine. His three star rating will mean nothing compared to the heart and determintion he shows and the amount of talent Groh will be able to develop in him. Looking forward to seeing him on the flats and good luck in your senior season.

rogeriter

July 12th, 2010
4:34 pm

As a dawgs fan, I hope this guy turns out to be very good, In fact, I hope that for all these young men. After all, its not really about us. They are in college to become all they can be–and I hope they all succeed!

Aptd4

July 12th, 2010
4:37 pm

Rogeriter, you are the type of class that I hope all others will take note and follow!!! As well, I hope the best for the UGA kids that made the poor judgement mistakes this weekend. I hope they rebound learn and grow, and prosper.

Buzzzed

July 12th, 2010
4:42 pm

The press on this guy has always been good. I’ve had the impression that this guy was a baller for a while after reading the articles on him. I didn’t know he was a 3-star. I have a feeling that a couple other 3-stars that have committed to Tech may be a bit underrated as well.

NikeJacket

July 12th, 2010
4:45 pm

The swag in question is not a monetary inducement to persuade a kid to go to a particular school. Also, note their is a big diff. between camps and combines. Because of NCAA regulations, coaches are not allowed to attend combines whereas the often attend or sponsor camps. Most camps and combines can cost several hundred dollars, but I believe the Nike combines are still free. Even if the attendees haven’t committed to a school yet, they use the combines to get ‘noticed’ by school or recruiting services.

GTFan53

July 12th, 2010
5:02 pm

@rogeriter – I agree with Aptd4. It would be so nice if most of the people who post on these blogs displayed that kind of class. I think it’s kind of sick that some people will sound like they are celebrating when kids make bad decisions. the following quote from rogerriter is one of the best I’ve seen on any of these blogs:

“After all, its not really about us. They are in college to become all they can be–and I hope they all succeed!”

Jolly Molly

July 12th, 2010
5:21 pm

YES.

With these type recruits GA TECH shall remain the best football team in Georgia!

Delbert D.

July 12th, 2010
6:41 pm

I used to do pretty well with the yo-yo when I was a kid. Hesitate, walk the dog, rock the cradle, etc.

Rodney Dangerfield

July 12th, 2010
6:42 pm

Is your SPARQ score similar to your FICO score? Does it actually predict anything, or is it just for fun?

Delbert D.

July 12th, 2010
6:42 pm

We didn’t have yo-yo camps, though. The Duncan rep would visit our middle school and teach us the tricks.

Chuy Dawg

July 12th, 2010
6:43 pm

I stated that this kid is the real deal back when he committed to Tech. Dude was tearing it up at all the camps he was attending. I don’t think UGA will ever offer simply due to the fact that I don’t think they ever stood a chance, plus he’s brother is already at Tech.

I don’t want to start anything negative, but here’s something you guys might want to keep an eye on. I don’t know about who else has offered Mr. Hunt-Davis, but what do you think would happen if all the big national powerhouses came calling. (UF, BAMA, Ohio St., USC, ND, etc.) Look out if he becomes a national recruit, I personally believe that soon enough he will become just that. Congrats, you’ve got a good one, but can you hold on to him?

Buzzzed

July 12th, 2010
6:52 pm

Chuy, I think USC will be out of the “national powerhouse” picture for quite some time. And yes, I would love to see Tech get some guys over the football factories so bring them on.

Reality

July 12th, 2010
7:15 pm

Great job future Jacket! And, gulp, thanks Chip for a GA Tech article.

rogeriter

July 12th, 2010
7:42 pm

GaTechfan53–Does that mean you were at Tech in 53? I remember those teams well (I’m 66). QB Wade Mitchell backed by Toppy Vann. Running backs–Billy Teas, George Volkert, Paul Rottenberry and several other good ones. I remember Booby Dodd preferring to punt on 3rd down. Yet the were top 5 most every year. And, remember, I was a Georgia fan!

What is his wonderlic score? 5.

July 12th, 2010
7:45 pm

Big Deal. You nerds will still lose to The Dawgs! We run this State!

Turnt_UP!

July 12th, 2010
7:49 pm

Really BravesFan79??? Really? This blog post was about a kid who had a fantastic combine with the 2nd best SPARQ in the country. Somehow you have managed to lump him in the same paragraph with a rapist, with the only connection you have made is that he is black. So is your president, but he has nothing to do with blog either.
I hate when people use these sports blogs to spout off their views on race when this clearly wasn’t relevant in this article. Blogs have allowed cowards a forum to spout off their nonsense to those of us trying to enjoy sports – which is usually a break from idiots like yourself

Paddy

July 12th, 2010
8:18 pm

Bravesfan79….being a realist is fine. You must of course have some sense of humanity. From your post, you come up lacking in more than just humanity.

Jacket Backer

July 12th, 2010
8:29 pm

All this camp stuff in shorts is great but let’s hope he is a good football player on Saturday afternoons!

Go Jackets!!

Notso Fast

July 12th, 2010
8:34 pm

Thanks. We needed a good story this week.

wiley

July 12th, 2010
8:44 pm

This kid is a solid commit Chuy. He realizes that the football factories don’t necessarily give him a better chance to get to the next level. Trust me this kid will end up at Tech…he never wanted to be anywhere else….thats why the bigger schools haven’t looked his way. Read his comments about GT….Go Jackets!

Danny Ford

July 12th, 2010
8:46 pm

send him to CLEMPSON

wiley

July 12th, 2010
8:49 pm

Oh and better yet GT has had the top receiver taken in 2 out of the last three drafts. We have produced 3 first round draft picks in the last three years…not to shabby. Maybe we can become a football factory under PJ….the future looks bright on the flats.

Update Reports

July 12th, 2010
9:01 pm

Blake Debell had another fine visit to Tennessee and could they
be the front runner for his services. Also likes ND and UGA who have
offered.

Paul Johnson

July 12th, 2010
9:27 pm

Are you gonna finish those nachos?

bigdawg

July 12th, 2010
10:10 pm

Great pick-up Congrats.

Delbert D.

July 12th, 2010
10:13 pm

Once a school has a recruit targeted, why would they care if scouting services have awarded a number of stars? Do coaches get bonuses for “Top 5″ recruiting classes based on total number of stars awarded to recruits?

Seems to me that media outlets (Rivals, Scout) are selling to fans.

fire Paul Bewitt

July 12th, 2010
10:13 pm

Great job Coach Johnson. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to seeing the kid play.

Reggie

July 12th, 2010
10:45 pm

BravesFan,

Your family in Alabama wants you to come back home now!!

GT Fan

July 12th, 2010
10:46 pm

Remember how good CLINT SINTIM was at UVA???
Yeah, this kid’s made out of that mold!

From Wikipedia:
College career
Sintim lined up as rush linebacker in Virginia’s 3-4 defense and he’s expected to play a similar role in the NFL.[2] He led the NCAA in sacks by a linebacker his senior year. He ranked third on the team with 70 tackles (38 solos) and had eleven sacks and thirteen stops for losses in 2008. Additionally he caused a fumble and recovered two others and deflected three passes

In 2007 he started all 13 games and had 78 tackles, with 44 being solo and nine going for a loss. He also had nine sacks and forced three fumbles and was second on the team behind Chris Long with 17 quarterback pressures. The previous season, 2006, he started all twelve games and had 45 tackles (22 solo) with 10 of them going for a loss. He also had four sacks and forced a fumble and recovered one and had five quarterback pressures.[3]

Jackets!

July 12th, 2010
11:45 pm

GT fan…Groh will develop these linebackers. I cant wait to see the improvement…last year they looked lost. Groh should turn our school into a pretty good NFL pipleline for LB and secondary talent…I mean look at the kids we signed last year in the secondary. Imagine a team with Louis Young, and Ryan Ayers at CB with players like Isaiah Johnson, and Holton at the safety positions. This defense is going to be good…no doubt. The D line should be good too with players like Anthony Williams(4 star), Shawn Green(4 star), and Denzel McCoy(4 star)…the more I look at these players the more I like what PJ and Groh are doing. Who cares what rivals thinks…these kids can all play. If we ever get a defense to go with this offense…we will be a dominant team. The sky is the limit.

TheTaxJacket

July 13th, 2010
4:57 am

This kid should be 6-star, simply because of the fact CPJ offered him a scholarship. CPJ does not care about recruiting rankings or who the top programs are recruiting. He and his staff are undoubtedly the best evaluators of talent in the country.

(((( 45-42 )))) … and more pain on the way this November. – thwg -

THWGT!!!

July 13th, 2010
7:32 am

Congrats to Jabari, too bad you will be at gtu for another series of beatdowns at the hands of UGA. gtu will always be #2 in Georgia, wheather in football or just in general.

THWGT!!!

Vick=Dog killing thug

July 13th, 2010
8:00 am

I’m tempted to slam GT but let me just wish young Jabari well. Nice to hear positive things about any athlete these days.

30-24

Jackets!

July 13th, 2010
8:03 am

Well good morning doggies! Do I sense some envy in those last two posts? You guys are absolutely correct GT will always be 2nd in arrests and DUIs…we simply just cant compete in that respect.

KeithB

July 13th, 2010
8:07 am

I hear this kid is just a freak! Be fun to see him at GT. Be good to see some of his senior year action too.

Johnboy

July 13th, 2010
8:12 am

THWGT Although you are clearly biased, I would agree with you where student athletes arrested is concerned….

wiley

July 13th, 2010
8:13 am

Did someone not tell THWGT….GT is better than UGA in every sport as we have been ranked in the top 15 in all the three major sports this year…top ten for baseball and football most of the year. You had a mediocre football season and had losing seasons in both basketball(last place in the SEC!) and baseball(you guys were a train “wreck” this year)…but if one win defines your season…that speaks volumes about your program and how far it has fallen. How many NBA players does UGA have? That is the real joke…also remind me what happened to your baseball team this year…I think it went to the tune of 25-6 in ATHENS! Your fans were leaving by the 4th inning and our backups were still hitting home runs out of that crappy ballpark. GT had a first round pick in the NFL, MLB, and NBA drafts…that’s quite an accomplishment for a school with 13000 undergrads! We look forward to proving you wrong again next year… Go Jackets!