When a player receives his first official scholarship offer, it is a special moment. Jabari Hunt-Days has waited patiently for his first offer. He watched his brother Synjyn Days pick up multiple offers last year in the 2010 class and he is now ready for his turn. On Wednesday that offer came, and it came from a major conference with Maryland out of the ACC.
"It feels great to get my first division one offer from a big conference," Hunt-Days said. "It is exciting. I think my hard work is paying off and I knew if I remained patient that good things would start to happen."
The big outside linebacker out of Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove found out about the offer after competing in a track meet where he was running the 100, 200, 4x100 and long jump at 225-plus pounds. Though he doesn't know a lot about the Terrapins right now, Hunt-Days is eager to learn more.
"This is a legitimate offer that I am very interested in," he said. "It is my first one so I do not really know how to act but I like it."
The little that Hunt-Days has heard about the Maryland program has been all positive.
"I really do not know much about Maryland to be honest," he said. "They sent me two letters before today's news. The coach I spoke to today told me it was a great program with high academics that sends highly rated players to the NFL. I plan to research the academics more now that they have offered."
With track keeping him busy, Hunt-Days has still managed to keep recruiting on his radar. Last weekend he visited Georgia and he has plans to visit more colleges this spring and summer. Two in particular that he has his eye on are Miami and Stanford.
One advantage that Hunt-Days does have is his brother Synjyn's experience in the class of 2010. With Synjyn in his corner and some great ability, Jabari is optimistic that the process will continue to progress nicely.
"My brother Synjyn has been very helpful and he reminds me to be patient just like he had to be when he went through this," he said. "Everything has been working out and I thank God that everything continues to go according to His play."
Kipp Adams contributed to this report.