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Irish get commitment from WR Torii Hunter Jr.

Sep 23, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

Torii Hunter Jr

Notre Dame has cashed in their first big chip of the recruiting weekend with Texas wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. committing to the Irish this weekend. The six-foot, 175-pound wideout from Prosper, Texas has picked Notre Dame over offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State among others.

Hunter joins a group of talented football players that happen to be the sons of even more famous fathers. A week after Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson got plenty of publicity on the sidelines, the Irish will have plenty of star wattage in South Bend with the Angels outfielder Torii Hunter now joining Hall of Fame basketball player David Robinson watching their sons in South Bend starting in 2013. (There’s quite a father-son game brewing, with George Atkinson, Cris Collinsworth, Mike Golic and Terry Hanratty suiting up.)

But Hunter is a huge pickup for the Irish regardless of his famous father. The wide receiver can play inside or out, and burst onto the national recruiting scene after an impressive showing at The Opening, Nike’s recruiting combine in Oregon.

This season, Hunter has 15 catches for 329 yards and four touchdowns through three games. He had 11 touchdowns on 749 yards during his junior campaign.

Hunter also plans on playing baseball for the Irish. In fact, he’s regarded as a legitimate MLB prospect, adding a wrinkle to this recruitment if Hunter ends up being selected in the early rounds of baseball’s entry draft.

Hunter pushes the Irish recruiting class to 21 members. He’s the fourth wide out committed to Notre Dame, joining Corey Robinson, James Onwualu, and Will Fuller. There’s some positional flexibility with Onwualu and Fuller, keeping some versatility available in this recruiting class.

  1. domer77blowsgoats - Sep 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Nice!!! Winning begets winning recruits!!

    Huge win, top 10 ranking, huge recruits!!!

    Wonder how the rest of you posters are going to negatively spin this like the comments to the previous posts.

    • nudeman - Sep 23, 2012 at 7:43 PM

      No negative spin here. Another Rivals 250 in the fold
      Mike Sciosca should get an assist. Has a son or daughter at ND and that had to help

      I don’t know about playing football and baseball though
      I know it’s been done (Shark, Golden Tate and Evan Sharpley come to mind)
      But it just makes it tougher to come up to speed quickly on the gridiron

      I assume he’d miss a lot of Spring practice, right???
      Hope he just plays football

      • bernhtp - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        The priority has always been football (or basketball – Pat Connaughton) for the dual sport guys. Baseball and track have been secondary. I don’t expect that to change.

        I also imagine that Hunter was vetted on the issue of leaving Notre Dame if he is drafted high by MLB. Besides not wanting to waste a scholarship on someone that might leave, ND is very serious about the GSR rate/ranking. Take ND basketball as an example. No “one and done” kids need apply, unlike Duke that has drifted toward the dark side. In fact, many of Notre Dame’s best players stay for five years.

  2. jomilly - Sep 23, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    what does a dual sportster do for scholarship numbers, does baseball give him a half and football the other half? I know some may not care, and I know Jeff did it. But Im not the biggest fan of 2 sportsters, especially when it conflicts with spring ball.

    • hyde - Sep 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

      The beauty of it is baseball can give him the scholly and it won’t count against football. So, Kelly can bring in an extra recruit if he wants.

      • beakersf - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:29 PM

        Counts against the football scholarship cap (85) either way.

  3. jomilly - Sep 23, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    This kid is a stud though, hopefully he doesnt go pro. I remember a few years ago, maybe even last year Nebraska and us we going after Bubba Starling. He chose Nebraska, which didnt matter cause he was drafted and never went.

  4. ndfaithful - Sep 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Well isn’t that just a little icing on the Irish weekend cake?!

  5. jerseyshorendfan1 - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    Keith, you forgot to mention that Devaris also has a father who played for the Redskins I believe and, of course, TJ Jones also has NFL bloodlines.

  6. sinister23 - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Irish fans are so damn stupid….this site is making me dumber everytime i read a post. You guys keep talking about rank…i would bet my soul the irish will finish the year OUT OF THE TOP 25.

    • nudeman - Sep 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      And yet … you keep coming back for more

    • irishdrg1 - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      S23 you can’t stand to not read about the Irish, go ahead and sell your buddy Satan would love to see you again LOL

  7. mikes1160 - Sep 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Sinister, you would bet your soul, eh? Sounds brilliant. I would suggest writing future posts on paper and then read them aloud to yourself.

  8. 1historian - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    This is a good team, not a great team. ND is so big and has been bad to mediocre for so long that even a 4 game streak at the beginning of the season gets them in the top 10.

    I look for 10 wins, which means they have to beat all the others they play and one of the 3 – Stanford, Oklahoma or USC.

    If they win 10 this season IMO they are a VERY good team, not great. That’s a few seasons away.

    But – it’s coming.

    • Patrick Hannegan - Sep 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

      It is not just a 4 game winning streak at the beginning of the season. It’s dominating a top 25 Michigan State team and beating another top 25 Michigan team. We aren’t just 4-0 like some SEC schools are by playing no-name teams; we beat 2 pretty good teams.

  9. mannydomer61 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Well put Patrick seems as though these outsiders are having a hard understanding this early season schedule and how no one else has played 2 top 20 teams with one on the road and have neat both down in successive weeks which is very hard to do with college kids. Hey sinister don’t come to our site if you don’t like what we are talking about. WE ARE ND!

    • irishdrg1 - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Not either M or MSU got a touchdown either, GO IRISH Sinister is just a troll and doesn’t have a team that is worth reading or writing about. I live with a lot of fans like this in southeast Texas.

  10. emckinley40 - Sep 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    It’s great to see top recruits coming to Notre Dame once again. Brian Kelly is doing such a great job not only winning but recruiting as well. He is getting the type of players that fit his system and that results in wins and top ten rankings! Put your money on it instead of your soul sinister23!

  11. xavty - Sep 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Keith thank you so much for these updates! I love the site. Would you be able to look into putting together an article looking at who the remaining recruits are on the Irish board and what positions they are looking to fill. From my perspective it looks like they are probably set at QB, WR, O-line and probably LB. With Notre Dame being pretty strict with over signing there are only 4 more scholarships available.

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