- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Some days Torii Hunter Jr. is playing football. Some days he is playing baseball. And other days he is doing both.
Regardless of everything, though, Hunter is having fun. And who could blame him? Hunter, a four-star wide receiver out of Prosper, Texas, wasn’t in the initial ESPN 150 in April. However, as he prepares for his senior season, he has vaulted to No. 50 overall and No. 8 at receiver.
Hunter, the son of four-time MLB all-star Torii Hunter, didn’t get to spend much time focusing on football at the start of his summer.
But after lighting up the field at The Opening in July, Hunter has been busy on the football circuit. Last week included three trips to Princeton, West Virginia and Notre Dame.
Hunter said he enjoyed all three visits, but the Irish stood out because he was able to interact with the baseball coaches, too.
“Their coaches have seen me play at a camp before and said I would be a great addition to their team,” Hunter said. “That is really important to me because I want to play both sports.
“I also got a chance to talk to a lot of the players and see just how serious they are about education. I liked that.”
Hunter has also visited Stanford, Oklahoma State and TCU this summer but said he is not close to narrowing down a list of schools or making a decision.
After a busy few weeks, Hunter said he is going to put recruiting on the backburner to focus on his senior season.
Despite how busy he has been, he has made sure to not miss any football workouts. He wants to send a message.
“It’s time for me to lead,” Hunter said. “That’s what leaders do. You set the example. The biggest difference with me this season is maturity. I’m more mature on the field. More mature off the field. I can read defenses better. I’ve put the time in the film room and weight room and now I’m ready to see it pay off.”
Some days Torii Hunter Jr. is playing football. Some days he is playing baseball. And other days he is doing both.Regardless of everything, though, Hunter is having fun.