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.