4-star wide receiver Torii Hunter out of Prosper, Texas has verbally committed to play football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
If the name sounds familiar, you're correct—this is indeed Torri Hunter Jr., son of MLB star and current Anaheim Angels outfielder Torii Hunter. Hunter Jr. will also be playing baseball at Notre Dame, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.com in his report on the commit.
Right away, you know that Hunter is going to be a good athlete considering that he can play two sports at the collegiate level. As far as football is concerned, he's got good size at 6'1", 172 pounds, and he runs a 4.57 40, according to 247Sports.
He can see the field well as a receiver, especially after the catch, and he's very agile and elusive as a ball-carrier. He can go up and make a play on the football at its highest point, and he displays well above average body control, footwork and soft hands.
Most wide receivers possess many of those same qualities, though, so I try to look for something that will make them stand apart from the pack.
In Hunter's case, his greatest asset is his ability to create separation.
Like I said, he has very good body control and awareness in space. A lot of that starts with the separation he's able to get from the cornerback.
In the picture below, you'll see him engaging the corner on a simple fade route. Many high school wide receivers will try to just use their speed to get outside of the corner to run the fade, but the good ones like Hunter know that true separation comes from using their hands to create space. Just that little bit of physicality gets the corner on on his heels enough to let Hunter get the outside leverage, and then he lets his speed and athleticism do the rest of the work for him.
The last point of separation comes in the end zone, where he is able to jump higher than the corner and high-point the ball, making it impossible for anybody other than him to make the play.
Hunter will be...
Notre Dames' sophomore quarterback Everett Golson has a great arm and appears to be the real deal, so Hunter can really thrive in Brian Kelly's offense. He's got the hands and awareness to be a very good possession wide receiver, but he's still athletic and quick enough to take a few deep shots with.
He already has a big name because of his father, but I expect Torii Hunter Jr. to make a name of his own with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.