The prospects for Georgia Tech defensive tackle Jabari Hunt-Days to be eligible to play his senior season continue to appear strong. Regarding his academic standing, coach Paul Johnson said this week that “I think he’ll be fine.”
After he was declared academically ineligible following the 2014 spring semester, Hunt-Days did not play last season and served the team as a member of the defensive scout team. He was ineligible for falling behind an NCAA-sanctioned checkpoint measuring progress towards graduation. Johnson said that Hunt-Days’ eligibility will be determined following the end of summer school at the end of July. He would have one year of eligibility.
Johnson said that Hunt-Days was on track and doing well this summer. Coaches evidently felt comfortable enough in his progress in May to place him on the two-deep depth chart behind defensive tackle Adam Gotsis.
Hunt-Days’ return would be a considerable boost for Tech’s defense, which returns eight starters but could use support on the interior of the defensive line. Teammates and coaches gave glowing reviews of Hunt-Days’ play both on scout team last fall and in spring practice. Johnson said in the spring that Tech’s offensive linemen “have struggled to block him. He gets off the ball better than our offensive linemen do.”
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