AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson already faced a tough enough task having to replace Jeremiah Attaochu. The challenge is now amplified with the recent news that projected replacement Jabari Hunt-Days is ineligible for the upcoming season.
When asked about his choices at defensive end come fall camp, Johnson seemed confident the Jackets would be fine.
"We’ve got Kenderius Whitehead that we recruited for that position," Johnson said. "There’s going to be some competition in camp and I’m just really disappointed for Jabari. But we’ll have a guy to step up and play I don’t have a doubt we’ll put a guy in there. (KeShun Freeman) had a great spring and there’s other guys that can rotate and move around so we’ll sit down as a staff and figure it out."
As for Hunt-Days' future with the program, Johnson said, "That’s up to him. I think when you don’t fulfill your side of the obligation, then you have to suffer the consequences. It’s disappointing for him and his family. I know he’s disappointed."
The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that Hunt-Days' parents want their son to be taken off scholarship until he shows he is serious about his academics.
Hunt-Days, a starter at linebacker the last two seasons, moved to defensive end in the spring to help fill the spot Attaochu left behind. Attaochu also played linebacker before moving to end full-time last year, and he ended up with 12.5 sacks. Hunt-Days, going into his redshirt junior year, had a good spring and was listed on several really early 2015 mock drafts.