Georgia Tech fans got the good news they'd been waiting for over the weekend when it was announced that defensive lineman Jabari Hunt-Days had regained his academic eligibility and will be clear to play for the 2015 season, pending the results of his summer classes. Hunt-Days is regarded by many as the best player on the Tech defense despite not playing a single snap last season; by all inside accounts, he used his season away from football to turn himself into a pure offense mauler. He joins a Tech defense which already features the likes of NFL-caliber players such as Adam Gotsis, D.J. White, Jamal Golden, Keshun Freeman, and P.J. Davis -- if all goes well, the 2015 defense could be the most Black Watch-esque that we've seen in a while.
Former Yellow Jacket Darren Waller is using his great size to turn heads at the Ravens' rookie training camp. Waller, who was selected in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by Baltimore, has some stiff competition to go up against in guys like first-round pick Breshad Perriman and incumbent starter Steve Smith, Sr. but appears up to the challenge. The more he learns to use his 6-foot-6 height, which he struggled to do in college to an extent, the easier it will be for him to find success in the NFL. He is currently a project for the Ravens but definitely has the potential to make in impact in the future.
Another former Yellow Jacket that has made his mark at his new team's rookie camp is safety Isaiah Johnson. Johnson signed with the Detroit Lions as a UDFA after going undrafted but still figures to be competitive for playing time in the near future -- if he can make the roster and stay for a season, a couple of Detroit's safeties will be free agents. Regardless of his playing time situation for this season, the talent factor alone should be enough to get him in good standings with the Lions. Johnson is a smart football player and should get a shot in the NFL.
For former Hokie Adam Smith, transferring to Georgia Tech made perfect sense. The 6-foot-1 Jonesboro native, who led the Virginia Tech team in scoring last season at 13.1 points per game, announced his intentions to transfer to Tech last month, choosing the Jackets over Georgia State and Georgia Southern. He should provide some scoring for a Yellow Jacket team which failed once again to produce on the offensive side of the ball, finishing 277th in terms of total offense. He will presumably compete with rising sophomore Tadric Jackson for the starting shooting guard spot.
Does Isaiah Johnson have what it takes to succeed in the NFL?
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