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Torii Hunter Jr. talks The Opening invite

6/19/2012

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.

It was a day Hunter, a four-star receiver, humbly described as “not too bad.”

“I first got invited last Wednesday,” said Hunter, ranked No. 137 on the ESPN 150. “I was with my friend when I got the call. I had a big grin on my face. I went to the Nike football camp [in March], and I knew they were inviting kids then. I was hoping I got invited then but didn’t. It finally came true, and now I can’t wait for it.”

The Opening is a four-day training and competition event that takes place at the Nike headquarters. Hunter will be one of 150 of the nation’s best athletes participating.

“Being with all the top athletes should be a measuring stick of where I am and what I need to do to get better,” Hunter said. “It’s going to make me a totally different player for this coming season. I’m going to use everything the coaches and players tell me to my advantage.”

As a 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver, Hunter currently holds 16 FBS offers. He was most recently offered by TCU and has offers from Notre Dame, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and several other programs. He is ranked No. 16 among all receivers in the country and No. 20 among all players in Texas.

Hunter said he’s looking to play football and baseball in college. He said most of the schools that have offered are on board with that. Hunter added that he’s looking to make a decision based on a combination of academic and athletic reasoning. Academically, Hunter has a 3.7 grade-point average.

“As far as education goes, I want the school to be big in the field I’m going to study,” said Hunter, who is looking to study either architectural engineering or psychology. “Secondly, I’m looking at the team and the offense they run. A spread offense is probably what I’m looking for, because that’s what my team runs. You want to go to a school that throws the ball. You want to be the playmaker on the field.”