Torii Hunter Jr. Commits to Notre Dame to Play Football, Baseball for Irish

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2012

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Torii Hunter, Jr., the son of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, will be taking his talents to Notre Dame to play college football and baseball with the Irish, according to a tweet from the elder Hunter on Sunday

Congrats to my son @thunterjr for his commitment to Notre Dame to play football and baseball. #proudpapa

— Torii Hunter (@toriihunter48) Sept. 23, 2012

My first reaction to hearing that news was, Torii Hunter is old enough to have a son in college?

Sure enough, he is 37 years old and has been playing in the big leagues full time since 1999. 

According to, Hunter Jr. is a 4-star wide receiver. He is listed at 6'0", 172 pounds and had his official visit to the campus on Friday, Sept. 21. 

Jake Brown of Irish Illustrated spoke with Hunter about his recruitment before he went to South Bend this weekend as well as the academic side of things at Notre Dame. 

"When I went up there the first time it was pretty in detail about the education and everything," Hunter said. "As far as education and the academic side of it, I've got a good idea about that. I just really want to see the game day atmosphere and everything the second time around."

Hunter Jr. also is a legitimate prospect in baseball, which is why he will be playing both sports at Notre Dame. According to, Hunter Jr. is loaded with tools, which is not a surprise given his pedigree and that he also plays football.

Hunter Jr. will begin his tenure at Notre Dame in 2013, though he is eligible for the Major League Baseball draft next June. It will be interesting to see just how much he is able to play baseball while preparing for football season and where he will be drafted.