Feb 6, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT
He’s only now taking his first steps after a freak injury in non-contact drills at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl broke Torii Hunter Jr.’s femur. But even as he recovers from the injury, Hunter’s faxed letter-of-intent to Notre Dame delivers the Irish another game breaking wide receiver option in the 2013 recruiting class.
Let’s take a closer look at another Irish signee with a pretty impressive father.
TORII HUNTER JR.
Measureables: 6-foot, 172-pounds
Accolades: Four-star prospect at Rivals, ESPN, 247 and Scout. MVP of The Opening. U.S. Army All-American. Also plans on playing for Notre Dame baseball team.
Impressive Offers: Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State.
Projected Position: Slot receiver.
Quick Take: Technically sound player that brings some explosiveness to the receiving corps. Not a physically stout kid even before the broken leg, so growing into the game will be important. Working in Hunter’s favor is his approach to the game. Plays like the son of a Big Leaguer, and closest thing in this recruiting class to a technician at wideout, with hands to match.
What it means for the Irish roster: How quickly Hunter recovers remains to be seen. With Robby Toma gone from the slot receiver position, there is no shortage of options to fill the spot, but none have taken their game to the forefront. Hunter is probably the most natural receiver of the options — with Davonte Neal, Amir Carlisle and James Onwualu all spending time at running back.
Obligatory YouTube highlight reel: Here’s a quick look at Hunter’s senior highlights.
- The good, the bad and the ugly: The 86th annual Blue-Gold game 60
- Five things we learned: Gold 36, Blue 34 76
- Pregame Six Pack: Finishing spring practice strong 3
- Even without guarantee, Kelly expects Golson to return next season 107
- Grace opens up about the long road back 44
- Irish QB battle with (understandably) head into fall camp 12