Oklahoma Sooners: Torii Hunter Jr.

Luke tops OU-Notre Dame 2013 battles 

October, 23, 2012
It’s about 900 miles from South Bend, Ind., to Norman, Okla., but that doesn’t mean Notre Dame and Oklahoma don’t wage battles on the recruiting trail.

Even though OU has tried to make a bigger imprint in the Midwest, none of the intense competitions between the Irish and Sooners are with Midwest recruits for the class of 2013.

There are certainly some good battles, however, including one fierce one for a top Arizona defensive back. A closer look at the top recruiting battles for 2013:

Video: Interview with WR Torii Hunter Jr.

August, 13, 2012

Damon Sayles talks to Prosper (Texas) rising senior wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., the No. 50 player in the ESPN 150. Hunter holds nearly 20 scholarship offers.

Sooner Intel: Recruiting news and notes 

August, 2, 2012
Every Thursday, SoonerNation releases the Sooner Intel, a sneak peek inside Oklahoma Sooners football recruiting with news and notes on the latest happenings around the program. Talk about it on our forum. A few things discussed in this week's update:

• Why Oklahoma's newest commitment chose the Sooners over a regional school
• Will OU now look at interior offensive lineman for the class of 2013?
• Tim Kish has already made an impact on a top 2014 linebacker
• A standout Texas receiver hopes to take a visit to OU this fall
• A longtime in-state commitment starts school in a new city

Read the Sooner Intel after the jump.

Stoops connection gets Byrd to OU

Score one for Mike Stoops when it comes to Fresno (Calif.) Central East four-star safety Hatari Byrd. Ranked No. 293 in the ESPN 300, Byrd committed to the Sooners on Tuesday afternoon.

Most believed UCLA was out in front in the Byrd race, but the connection to Mike and Bob Stoops proved to be enough for the Sooners. Byrd said Mike Stoops has been talking to him since his sophomore year.

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New Sooners commit Hatari Byrd could play several positions in Mike Stoops' defensive scheme.

It was still a little bit of a shock considering Byrd has yet to see the campus and won’t see the campus until his official visit Oct. 26. To Byrd, though, that’s not a problem.

“Really how I feel about it is that it’s all football,” Byrd said. “I’m the type of person where I can go away from home, and it’s not going to be that much of a problem.

“And I feel at home when I talk to the coaches. It’s a different type of relationship I have with them.”

With Byrd in the bank, it’s only natural for OU fans to wonder if his teammates, four-star cornerbacks L.J. Moore and Johnny Johnson Jr. will follow suit.

There's no telling at this point, but it won’t be because of a lack of effort made by Byrd.

“I’m going to try to talk them into it, but they are going to do what’s best for them,” Byrd said.

Moore said he knew Byrd was serious about OU for a long time, but he didn’t realize how serious until last weekend at the Gridiron Kings event. He could sense his friend and teammate was ready to pull the trigger and go with the Sooners.

“Normally he would say OU and then talk about another school five minutes later and not really give anything away,” Moore said. “Last week, though, he was really hinting at OU. I’m really proud of him.”

Byrd said part of the reason he picked OU was because of its tradition at defensive backs, something he hopes to only add to the legacy.

“I want to do something better than what they did there,” Byrd said.

Sooners still after Moore

The focus now will shift from Byrd to Moore for the Sooners. Moore and Byrd have talked about wanting to play together, but it’s not set in stone.

“I don’t want to say we’re a package deal,” Moore said. “But what I can say is it’s possible that after I do my research that OU could be the right place for me.”

Moore said he has been talking to Mike Stoops on a regular basis and is doing all he can to learn more about the OU program. And while Byrd was able to commit to the program without seeing it first, don't expect that to happen with Moore.

“It would be too hard for me to commit without seeing everything first,” Moore said. “It’s not just about football. It’s about the atmosphere. Do I really want to spend the next four years of my life at this place? You have to see it all to find out.”

Moore credits most of his success to defensive backs coach Tony Perry. Moore was moved to cornerback last season and said he is fired up about showing what he can do now that he understands the position better.

“He has me ready,” Moore said. “I know what’s going to come now. I’ve been studying film. Last year I played off my athletic ability.

“My aggressiveness and smarts are my two biggest strengths. I like to challenge receivers, (I'm) not afraid to mix it up.”

Moore said last week OU and California are his co-favorites. However, he tweeted a top six Wednesday night of Notre Dame, UCLA, Cal, Oregon State, Arizona State and Washington. In a later tweet, Moore said OU is still in consideration, and he will stay take the Oct. 26 official visit. He said he will definitely visit OU, Notre Dame and Cal.

Interior linemen now an option?

Throughout the 2013 recruiting class, one thing has been consistent. OU has not been searching for interior linemen.

Coach James Patton has had to be the bearer of bad news to several top offensive guard prospects. Patton always tried to keep door just a little cracked open. And now, well, that door might have actually been opened.

With the Sooners losing two linemen this week in center Ben Habern and redshirt freshman Dylan Dismuke to career-ending injuries, is now the time OU does look for some inside help?

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Tulsa commit Rob Boyd says he's solid to the Golden Hurricane.

If it does, the obvious place to look is at three-star prospect Rob Boyd (Vian, Okla./Vian). Boyd is the top offensive lineman prospect in the state and attended OU’s junior day earlier this spring.

When Patton said an offer wasn’t going to come, however, Boyd moved on. He didn’t wait long before committing to Tulsa. And since then, Boyd has been taking it easy.

“It has been great. I know a lot of other kids are sweating it out, but I was able to enjoy my summer and get stronger,” Boyd said. “If [the Sooners] come to me, they come to me.

“It would be awesome and I would be honored if they offered. But like I said before, once I make a commitment, that’s it. I know where I’m going.”

Another option is Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst guard Zach Hannon. A three-star prospect, Hannon visited OU in the spring and, like Boyd, was told by Patton OU simply wasn’t looking for an interior lineman.

Hannon has been closer to coming to a decision, but he did text message on Wednesday saying everything could possibly change if OU came knocking.

“Right now they haven’t contacted me yet. But yea, if they did, it could possibly change,” Hannon said.

And you want a longshot? Look at Lawton, Okla., guard Ryne Yost. A transfer from Elk City, Okla., Yost is 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds.

I got a chance to see Yost during spring practice, and he definitely has the look and feel of a big-time recruit.

“Coach Patton was here in the spring and said they would have offered Ryne if they needed somebody at that spot,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. “Ryne did really well at OSU’s camp, and we’re happy to have him.”

Yost has no offers, but with more exposure, expect that to change.

OU in early good spot for Hampton

There has been much discussion among OU fans about how well first-year linebackers coach Tim Kish is doing on the recruiting trail.

The Sooners have one commit in Dallas Jesuit’s Jordan Mastrogiovanni, ranked No. 201 in the ESPN 300. But the rest of their offered 'backers have either committed to other programs or do not have OU in their list of favorites.

But there is one 2014 linebacker where Kish has already made a big dent, and that’s with Dallas Carter’s Cameron Hampton.

Hampton was at six camps this summer, including OU, Texas, LSU and Texas A&M. And which one stood out the most?

“I don’t know, there was just something about being at OU,” Hampton said. “There was a lot of good competition there, and you know OU is always going to have a good football team.”

Hampton attended the one-day camp at OU in June. And since then, his relationship with Kish has only improved. Hampton said he has talked to Kish four times this summer.

“He’s a real cool coach and likes me as a player,” Hampton said. “I can see myself playing for the Sooners.”

But don’t get excited just yet. Although OU has made a strong initial impression on Hampton, he said he is in no rush to make an early commitment.

But if you want to get excited again, you can regarding OU and Hampton’s choice of major. Hampton is looking at mechanical engineering and said he knows OU and Texas both have good engineering programs.

OU, though, went out of its way to do something else for Hampton on his camp visit.

“I had a meeting with the advisers, and they showed what the engineering classes would look like for me,” Hampton said. “It definitely helps because academics is going to be a huge factor for me.”

Hampton is excited about his junior season because he’s not the “young pup” anymore. He is ready to emerge as a leader. He is hopeful he can visit OU in the fall for one of its games, but he said it will all depend on his parents’ work schedules.

Hampton, who is 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, also has offers from Notre Dame and Ohio State to go along with OU, LSU and A&M, among others.

OU door is open for Mathis

It has sort of been my running joke the last month that USC cannot get them all, but there was some reality in the statement, too. The Trojans made their choice Sunday by closing out their class with ESPN 300 defensive end Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor).

It’s an incredible 18-member class with 12 in the ESPN 150 and 17 in the ESPN 300. Sixteen of the 18 commits have OU offers.

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Joe Mathis was thought to be a USC lean, but now the Trojans are out of scholarships.

But that leaves a lot of prospects left on the table and one the more prominent recruits is defensive lineman Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland). Mathis, the cousin of USC commit Su’a Cravens, was thought to be among the top choices for USC.

“It is what it is. Nothing I can do about it,” Mathis said. “If they wanted me bad enough, they would have kept a spot open. I have other options.”

One of those options is certainly the Sooners. Though Mathis has yet to see the campus, Tim Kish is doing all he can to keep in constant communication with Mathis.

In the last few months, Mathis has seen Washington, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Cal, UCLA and USC. However, he said he is still in no rush to make a decision and left open the possibility of an official visit to OU in the fall.

Mathis, who is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, is ranked No. 249 in the ESPN 300. He said he got up as high as 270 pounds, but he is back in the 245-250 range heading into his senior season.

“I’m faster and stronger, but the thing I worked on the most was my technique. I want to show what I can do,” Mathis said.

Hunter busy on the trail

Things can change in a hurry in the recruiting game. Nobody is finding that out more than Prosper, Texas, wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr.

An unknown commodity when the spring evaluation period started, Hunter is one of the most sought after prospects around. He has gone from being not ranked to now No. 50 in the ESPN 150 and No. 8 at receiver. And now he’s making the rounds. Hunter visited Princeton, West Virginia and Notre Dame last week. The Mountaineers and Irish were among the first schools, along with OU, to offer Hunter.

Hunter enjoyed his visits and once again stressed the fact he needs to be able to play baseball, too, for a school to have a realistic shot at getting his signature.

He won’t be able to visit OU before his senior season starts, but he said he would like to make an unofficial or official visit during the fall.

“I have no idea how the schedule is going to break down, but that is one place I would definitely like to see,” Hunter said. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know Coach [Jay] Norvell and want to see what they have to offer.”

Treadwell press continues

In one corner, you have Michigan commit Shane Morris. And in the other, you have OU commits Cody Thomas and Stanvon Taylor. So, who is going to make the lasting impression on ESPN 150 wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee)?

Treadwell has developed a tight bond with Morris. Not only in terms of the proximity of where they live but also because they’ve been to all the same all-star events this summer.

Thomas has reached out to Treadwell a couple of times, but right now, it looks like Taylor is the No. 1 recruiter for Treadwell. The two spent a lot of time together last weekend at the Gridiron Kings event.

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Receiver Laquon Treadwell stills wants to take a visit to OU.

“Oh yeah, me and Laquon talked a lot,” Taylor said. “He said OU is in his top choices. I can really tell he wants to get down there. He wants to see the campus.”

Taylor isn’t known as a very boisterous personality so he didn’t put on the full court press regarding Treadwell. He simply told him the truth as Taylor sees it.

“I told him everything I feel about the campus and the state of Oklahoma,” Taylor said. “How the atmosphere is in Norman and how he needs to see it on game day. OU is always dominant and successful. It would be great to have him come with.”

Treadwell, who is 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, is No. 38 in the ESPN 150 and No. 4 at receiver.

Coincidentally, Taylor’s roommate at Gridiron Kings was Texas commit Jacorey Warrick. Taylor said Warrick said OU was among his final choices, but he feels the Longhorns will be the best fit for him.

OU’s stability a big factor for Bennett

It wasn’t a long courting process between OU and receiver commit Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas/Manvel). Bennett picked up the offer at OU’s satellite camp in the Houston area, made an unofficial visit the campus the next week and then committed.

So why did everything happen so fast for him? In a word, stability.

“The coaching staff is out of this world,” Bennett said. “Bob Stoops has been there since 1999 so you know he’s not going anywhere. Jay Norvell knows how to bring out the best in his receivers. The proof is in the pudding.”

Bennett was able to show OU fans a taste of what they’re hoping to see with a quality outing at the Texas state 7-on-7 championships in July. The event was the start of what Bennett hopes is going to be a special latter half of 2012.

“This is my team, and I need to start taking over as a leader,” Bennett said. “I’m very comfortable in that spot and believe I’m a natural born leader.”

Bennett said his relationship with Norvell gets better with each week. He talked to him earlier this week and said each time he talks with Norvell all it does is get him more excited about coming to OU.

And he hopes he’s not coming alone. Teammates Kyrion Parker (Texas A&M) and Tavares Garner (Texas A&M) have committed to other schools, but Bennett has not given up hope on trying to flip them.

If Bennett cannot make a dent with his 2013 teammates, he has also begun making the charge at 2014 tight end teammate Koda Martin.

“He’s a great player and a real hardworking kid,” Bennett said. “I know he is going to make the best decision for him, but I’m doing all I can to convince him OU is the place to be.”

Bennett said he has never been in a better place in terms of his football mindset. He’s ready to show off his speed.

“I have big-time speed,” Bennett said. “Some don’t think it. But when you’re running next to me, you find out how fast I’m going.”

Ward in new home

All OU defensive end commit D.J. Ward wants to do is play football. With all the confusion that has surrounded him in the last few weeks, few recruits are looking forward to the 2012 season more.

Ward officially transferred to Oklahoma City Douglass from Lawton, Okla., this week as Oklahoma City Douglass began school Wednesday.

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Courtesy of Corey LongESPN 150 running back Greg Bryant hopes to make another visit to OU this summer.
Ben in Knoxville, Tenn., asks: What do you think will end up happening with Greg Bryant? Is he staying with us or going to South Carolina?

Bob Przybylo: Only he can answer that one, Ben. Bryant, ranked No. 30 in the ESPN 150 out of Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage-Boca Delray, has some OU fans scared about how firm his commitment is.

Bryant has remained consistent that he is OU "all the way" and that he simply wants to see what else is out there so he is 100 percent sure.

A big thing will be if Bryant can sneak in a second unofficial visit to OU this month. He really wants to, and I believe it would go a long way toward keeping his relationship strong with the Sooners coaching staff.

The only negative anybody can point to with Bryant is that he is not shutting down decommitment rumors. By making unofficial visits to South Carolina and Auburn and retweeting when fans are telling him to become a Gamecock or Tiger, it definitely makes people wonder.

Joseph in St. Louis asks: I know you have been a big fan of Laquon Treadwell because of his connection with David Smith. But I really like Torii Hunter Jr. Who do you like more at this point?

Bob Przybylo: Not a fan of the term “like” because I like Sealy, Texas, star Ricky Seals-Jones, but that doesn’t mean OU has a shot with him.

But in terms of who might be the more realistic option, I’m backing off Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and moving on to Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper).

No. 1, it feels like Treadwell is all but signed, sealed and delivered to Michigan. Now that could change, obviously, but he has built a strong bond with Michigan QB commit Shane Morris.

And the cat is out of the bag with Hunter Jr. following his performance at The Opening. He has good size, solid speed and showed the ability to catch in traffic.

Chalk this one up to receivers coach Jay Norvell, who approached Hunter Jr. well before some of the other schools entered the race. How much that carries over to his long-term recruitment remains to be seen.

Andrew in Oklahoma City asks: Will D.J. Ward transferring to Douglass mean anything in the long run for the Sooners?

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Triple Option: Bob Barry Sr. honored 

July, 13, 2012
Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. Former Oklahoma broadcaster Bob Barry Sr., who passed away in October of last year, is being posthumously honored by the National Football Foundation for his distinguished career. For more on the the Chris Schenkel Award, go here.

2. Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass), the top in-state basketball player for the class of 2013, might be moving out of Oklahoma. Clark's mother, Dorshell, told SoonerNation on Thursday night that the family is looking into prep schools for the upcoming season. Clark helped lead Douglass to three consecutive Class 4A state championships.

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Torii Hunter Jr. talks ESPN 150 rise 

July, 12, 2012

Events such as The Opening – where some of the nation’s best players gather to compete in front of recruiting analysts and NFL representatives – serve as excellent opportunities for athletes to show their worth. They also give athletes a chance to show they’re better than originally advertised.

ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) took advantage of what The Opening could offer. After an excellent four-day stretch in Beaverton, Ore. – which concluded with an outstanding performance in the 7-on-7 championship – Hunter saw his ranking improve from 137 to 51.

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If you’re looking for earth-shattering moves among Oklahoma commitments in the newest edition of the ESPN 150 and ESPN 300, you’re out of luck. But if you want to see what the future could hold for the Sooners, there were a couple of big-time moves by OU targets.

It all starts with four-star wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper). Not in the original ESPN 150 in April, Hunter made the move to No. 137 when the June rankings were released.

Hunter, the son of the four-time MLB all-star and nine-time Gold Glove winner of the same name, is getting a lot more looks than for just his name. He is 6-foot and 170 pounds, so he is not the big, physical receiver, but he can produce.

Need evidence? If you watched him at The Opening last weekend, he is not going to have trouble finding a home. Spurred by his stellar outing and earning MVP honors at the event, Hunter vaulted to No. 51 in the ESPN 150 and is now the No. 8 wide receiver for the 2013 class.

A quality baseball player as well, Hunter hasn’t spent too much time looking at colleges. He has, however, expressed an interest in visiting OU. OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell made a good first impression with Hunter, stressing other things than football and recruiting in their conversations.

Hunter has also talked about visiting Notre Dame, Nebraska and Oklahoma State. The Sooners already have two three-star receiver commits in Jordan Smallwood (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) and Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas/Manvel). Hunter, though, could be a game-changing athlete.

Another Opening invitee who fared well and is certainly on the Sooners’ radar is safety Hatari Byrd (Fresno, Calif./Central East).

Byrd enters the ESPN 300 for the first time, coming in at No. 292. Byrd said he would like to commit before the start of his senior season.

As of now, he has UCLA and OU as his two favorites with an expected trip to Washington also on his docket this month. Regardless of his commitment choice, Byrd is scheduled for an official visit to OU on Oct. 26, the weekend of the Sooners game against Notre Dame.

The only move with OU commits was with running back Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Ranch). Ford went up a notch from No. 33 to No. 32.

Running back Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca Delray) remains OU’s top recruit at No. 30. Defensive end commit D.J. Ward (Oklahoma City/Douglass) stayed put at No. 90 in the ESPN 150, while Colleyville (Texas) Heritage quarterback Cody Thomas stays at No. 93.

A few OU commits in the ESPN 300 went down slightly. OU’s only linebacker commit so far in Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit) dropped three spots to No. 200. Tulsa (Okla.) East Central athlete Stanvon Taylor went from No. 219 to No. 228, while four-star defensive end Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy) fell to No. 282 from No. 277.
Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. As much as OU fans had to be thrilled to see ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) tear it up at The Opening, there had to be some fans who didn’t like that the cat is out of the bag. Hunter, who has the Sooners in his short list, might see some newfound interest from top programs across the nation now that he performed well during the 7-on-7 contests in Beaverton, Ore. There wasn’t much Hunter couldn’t do in earning MVP honors and raising his profile even more.

2. It’s July 9, is it too early to talk about the Red River Rivalry? Heck no, we’re only less than three months away. SoonerNation and HornsNation will continue to provide content to whet your appetite this week. On the forums, chime in on what you think is the most memorable OU play in the rivalry. Not among the choices, but I really like the 2002 play in the fourth quarter. Nate Hybl found receiver Will Peoples, who fumbled at the goal line only for Quentin Griffin to recover and score. It was 17-14 Texas at the time, and the Sooners went on to win 35-24.

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Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. OU is one of the top four schools for ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper), who also is looking at Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. The Sooners haven't had a football player also play baseball since Brandon Jones early last decade. But if Hunter committed to the Sooners, he and QB/OF Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage) would give OU two in once class.

2. Defensive end Charles Tapper tweeted over the weekend that he was on his way to Norman, attaching a photo of himself on a plane. That leaves CB Gary Simon as the last remaining incoming freshman of the class of 2012 yet to make it to campus.

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Torii Hunter Jr. back in football mode 

July, 7, 2012
With nearly 20 offers, ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) definitely has his choice of college. Gearing up to be a college receiver has been the tougher obstacle.

Much like his famous father, Hunter is a standout baseball player and has been playing summer-league baseball. His trip to The Opening has allowed him to get back into football mode, and it also has allowed him to learn more about his game.

"It's great just to be able to play with the best talent in the nation," Hunter said. "You get to use this as a measuring stick. I'm looking at guys like Ricky Seals-Jones as role models. You get to take bits and pieces of their game and make your game better."

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ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas) had a victorious Monday. In fact, the son of the pro baseball outfielder with the same name won twice.

Hunter, a two-sport standout, did his part as a center fielder to help his summer baseball team, the D-Bat Mustangs, earn a victory Monday evening. The win was proverbial icing on the cake for what happened earlier in the day, as Hunter added to his football resume by officially accepting an invitation to participate in The Opening, scheduled for July 5-8 in Beaverton, Ore.

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What a difference a couple of months make. When the initial ESPN 150 came out in April, Oklahoma fans weren’t concerned about not having any commits at wide receiver. But following the indefinite suspensions to Trey Franks, Jaz Reynolds and Kameel Jackson, the game has changed for the Sooners.

Luckily, OU still has wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. Coming off the most highly-touted group of receivers in program history with the class of 2012, Norvell is slowly trying to work his magic once again for the class of 2013.

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Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. The Sooners have offered just one offensive tackle for the class of 2014 -- Braden Smith (Olathe, Kan./Olathe South) -- and it's clear the coaches like him over several other sophomore stars. Smith's high school coach told SoonerNation that Smith was offered in a closed door meeting during the first junior day, which is a unique situation. Smith will take his time in the recruitment process but look for offensive tackles coach Bruce Kittle to attempt to make an impression on the Kansas tackle.

2. With the recent receiver suspensions, the Sooners are eyeing several wideouts for the class of 2013. But keep an eye on Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper), who has been on Oklahoma's radar since he was a freshman. He has an offer and is looking to play baseball and football in college.

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A lot has been said about Oklahoma’s recruiting strategy for the class of 2013. The Sooners have been very patient, not putting pressure on recruits to commit early. Likewise, the coaching staff hasn’t always been the most aggressive. For a lot of area prospects, the term “spring evaluation” has been thrown out before OU will make an offer.

OU assistant coach Jay Norvell, however, didn’t hesitate to offer receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper). True to his word, Norvell hasn’t pushed Hunter to commit.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comJunior receiver Torii Hunter Jr. is focused on baseball this spring.
It’s a good thing for OU fans that Norvell is being patient because Hunter is too busy to even think about making a decision in football. Especially when a future in baseball could be possible and maybe even probable given Hunter’s genes.

Hunter, 6-foot and 170 pounds, is the son of Torii Hunter, the nine-time Gold Glove-winning centerfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

And though the younger Hunter is soaring up the charts as it relates to football, the spring is all about baseball.

“Right now I don’t even know if I could make any visits," Hunter said. "I’m so busy in baseball, and I don’t want to let the team down."

If spring is about baseball, then winter was all about football as Hunter went from being a relative unknown to a highly-coveted prospect at wide receiver.

Hunter boasts offers from Arkansas, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State, among others, and early talks with Oklahoma and Norvell have been productive.

“What I like about Coach Norvell is he doesn’t jump down your throat and talk about recruiting the entire time,” Hunter said. “He wants to get to know you as a person and see how things are going, too. He is very casual.”

Hunter spent time at cornerback during his sophomore season, but a move to being a full-time receiver last season helped put his name on the map.

He said he doesn’t have any favorites and is interested in every team that has offered him so far.

In the midst of baseball season, Hunter transitioned back to football two weeks ago for the NIKE Football Training Camp event and combine in the Dallas area.

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Video: Hunter breaks it down at Dallas camp

March, 30, 2012

Prosper (Prosper, Texas) wide out Torii Hunter Jr., son of MLB star Torii Hunter Sr., was one of the standouts at the Dallas NFSC.


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