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Texas reaches out to WR Torii Hunter Jr.

8/28/2012

AUSTIN, Texas -- It appears the Longhorns are finally coming around to ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper).

The son of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who dazzled at The Opening in July, said that he and the Texas coaches have been in contact this month. It’s the first time the two sides have talked since May.

“Well they contacted my coach at the beginning of this month and my coach told me to give Coach [Darrell] Wyatt a call," Hunter Jr. said. "When I finally got a hold of Coach Wyatt he really just told me to attend their first game against Wyoming.”

Hunter, who went from No. 137 to No. 51 overall after his impressive camp, won’t be able to make it to Austin this weekend. But he did say he would probably attend a game in the future with Longhorns commitment and fellow ESPN 150 member Jake Raulerson.

The two have become good friends due to their hometown’s close proximity and throughout the camp circuit. Raulerson, true to his form since becoming Texas’ first commitment of 2013 in February, has talked up the Longhorns to Hunter continuously.

Raulerson’s persistence has rubbed off a little on Hunter, though he still needs to see Texas with his own eyes to gauge his interest level.

“It’s medium I guess because I don’t know how much interest they have in me,” Hunter said.

Asked if Texas could be a serious contender if it offered, Hunter said “Maybe. I have to visit there first to be able to say for sure.”

Hunter isn’t hurting for offers. He has plenty from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Iowa, Memphis, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Utah, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

The Longhorns sudden interest in Hunter could be a result of an uncertainty with Ricky Seals-Jones, a one-time Texas commitment rated as the top receiver in the country.

Texas is still considered a contender but he’s kept things close to his vest and the uncertainty could be forcing Texas to look elsewhere.

The Longhorns have commitments from ESPN 150 receiver Jacorey Warrick and ESPN 300 receiver Jake Oliver.