- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) is in the middle of a college-campus tour that included a stop at Nebraska on Monday, a stop at Arizona State on Wednesday and scheduled trips to Arizona and Utah on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
Before the excursions, Hunter earned his 18th offer – and arguably his biggest offer of the summer. The 6-foot, 172-pound, four-star receiver, ranked No. 50 in the ESPN 150, picked up a written offer from Alabama during a routine trip to the Prosper campus.
“I went to the school on Monday to talk to my coach, and he gave me all my [recruiting] mail,” Hunter said. “I saw an Alabama package, and when I looked at it, I saw they sent me an official offer in the package. The coaches were having a meeting, but when I opened it, they started clapping and giving me high-fives. All the coaches were proud.
“I’d talked to Coach [Nick] Saban a while back during the school year. He said they had interest in me and wanted me, but I didn’t take that as an offer then. I never knew they were thinking about offering me. To get one from Alabama is big. I mean, that’s Alabama.”
Hunter showed the correspondence to his mother and also phoned his father – baseball all-star and multi-Gold Glove winner Torii Hunter – to deliver the news. Hunter said Alabama is a huge offer, and it’s also a result of how hard he’s worked on the field. Hunter’s national popularity rose after an outstanding 7-on-7 performance at The Opening last month.
“I feel like I’m just now getting that recognition I wanted,” he said. “I’m not necessarily under the radar anymore. People are finding out about me and seeing the potential I have. Getting that Alabama offer means I’m doing big things. I’ve just got to keep at it through my senior year.”
This week, Hunter will focus on his remaining unofficial visits. He said the Nebraska trip was insightful, as he learned more about the school not only athletically but academically. Hunter said he was a huge fan of Nebraska producing several academic All-Americans and multiple recipients of the William V. Campbell Trophy – commonly known as the Academic Heisman.
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