August 28, 2009

Days fulfills lifelong dream

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets continued their in-state recruiting dominance for the 2010 class today when they landed a top three-star athlete from right down the street. Georgia Tech was the first school to recruit the talented all-around athlete and their hard work of the coaching staff paid off and landed them a quarterback.

Synjyn Days from Hillgrove High School in Marietta had a lot of teams recruiting him, but everything came together for him when he attended Georgia Tech camp in June. After that camp, Days had his mind made up that he wanted to become a Jacket.

"I made up my mind like a month and a half ago, but my dad wanted me to make sure I weighed playing offense and defense in college," Days said. "He asked me where I wanted to play and I told him Georgia Tech, so I am going to Georgia Tech as a quarterback."

Getting an opportunity to play on the offensive side was a huge factor why Days decided to become a Jacket.

"Playing offense was very important to me because I feel like I can help more at quarterback than linebacker or somewhere else on the defense," he said. "In high school I played on both sides of the ball, but I have been playing less on the defensive side of the ball because of my importance to the offense."

After making up his mind, Days was very content with his decision because he is so comfortable with the coaching staff and the environment in Atlanta. The Jackets made an earlier push for Days and that is something he really thought about when he was trying to make up his mind.

"Georgia Tech feels like home to me like my hometown," he said. "I have been going to games there since my freshmen year in high school and they started recruiting me as a sophomore. They were the first team to recruit me and that was important to me."

Days' mother is also a huge Georgia Tech fan and between the quality of the football program under head coach Paul Johnson and the high caliber of the academics, she was very interested in seeing her boy become a Jacket.

"My mom has always wanted me to go to Georgia Tech because she loves it," he said. "She knows I will get a great education there and that was very important to her."

Joining the Jackets also reunites Days' with his former childhood teammate and friend, Charles Perkins.

"It will be really awesome to play with Charles again," Days said. "We played together for three years as kids and we have stayed close but this gives us a chance to really reconnect again."

Days' commitment could open a pipeline into Hillgrove High School, which has a tremendous 2011 class that includes his brother Jabari Hunt-Days and defensive end/linebacker Brandon Chubb.

"I woke Jabari up on Friday and I told him I was going to Georgia Tech and told him he was going with me no matter what," Days said. "I think Brandon in my personal opinion will end up at either Georgia or Georgia Tech, but the Bulldogs will be tough to beat because his dad played there."

Days is the 11th verbal commitment for the 2010 Georgia Tech recruiting class.

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