AUSTIN, Texas -- ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) walked around the south end zone of Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday with his head in a continuous tilt toward the sky.
He couldn’t keep his eyes off 100,000-plus seats that would soon be filled during Texas’ 45-0 victory over New Mexico.
“I mean that was pretty big right there,” he said. “I got to experience the game day atmosphere with 100,000 fans.”
Hunter, who went from No. 137 to No. 51 overall in the ESPN 150 after his impressive performance at The Opening, traveled down with friend and Class of 2013 Texas commitment Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina). It was his first Longhorns game, and he enjoyed himself.
“I haven’t been to many other games. But I have been to Stanford and Texas’ was better than Stanford,” he said. “I mean 100,000 fans.”
The Longhorns have just recently begun to ramp up their recruitment of Hunter, the son of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter. He is still gauging his interest level in Texas, and it appears that the Longhorns are doing the same with him.
“I got to talk to Mack Brown and all he said was they would be in touch,” Hunter said. “It was pretty quick because they had to go do interviews and stuff. I spoke to him before the game too. Both conversations were pretty fast.”
Hunter spoke with Texas receivers coach Darrell Wyatt as well and was told a similar message.
That means that Hunter will have to be further evaluated to see if he’ll get an offer from the Longhorns. He did not receive one on Saturday and it was not mentioned during his trip.
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.
Whether Texas gives Hunter the opportunity to join the fold remains to be seen. In the meantime, he’s starting to set up official visits with two schools that have offered.
"My plans are still lingering but I will take officials vists to Notre Dame [on Sept. 22 against Michigan State] and Nebraska [on Sept. 29 against Wisconsin]," Hunter said.
Hunter would like to take all five official visits.