Torri Hunter Jr.: Pro roots, Irish pride


If there was one player ecstatic about the commitment of the son of a famous pro athlete, it was the son of another famous pro athlete.

Notre Dame commit and three-star wide receiver Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian) first found out about ESPN 150 receiver Torii Hunter Jr.'s commitment to the Fighting Irish while taking a tour during his official visit to South Bend, Ind., on Sunday. It was music to the ears of the 6-foot-5, 200-pound receiver who had a chance to bond with Hunter over the summer at The Opening.

“I was on a golf cart, and I saw on Twitter that he was a part of the Irish mob,” Robinson said. “He’s a really cool guy. He’s focused on academics and life after football. When he committed, I was so excited.”

Robinson had the opportunity to discuss Notre Dame with Hunter at The Opening. Robinson said the two bonded over that discussion -- and not because they shared having fathers as professional stars.

Corey is the son of basketball hall-of-famer David Robinson, while Hunter is the son of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter.

“When I first met him, I didn’t know who his dad was,” Corey Robinson said. “I didn’t find out until a couple of days later. I think it was our personalities at first. Once we figured out our dads were famous, that just helped out more.”

Robinson described Hunter as an explosive player who should frustrate defensive backs with his quickness and his big-play ability. Couple that with Robinson’s knack of using his height and leaping ability to be a go-to option over the top, and the Irish may be in line for a dynamic duo at the receiver position in a couple of years.

“At The Opening, we all saw how quick and how much of a playmaker he was in the championship game,” Robinson said of Hunter. “I think I can make a lot of plays too. I think we both can make the program better with our play.”