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Hunter Jr. commits to play football at Notre Dame

Son of Tigers outfielder considered a four-star wide receiver


The son of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, Torii Hunter Jr., signed a national letter of intent to play football at Notre Dame on Wednesday.

Players across the country submitted their letters to their respective schools, with Hunter opting to play for Brian Kelly's Fighting Irish, who were defeated by Alabama in this year's BCS National Championship game.

Hunter, considered by Rivals.com to be a four-star (out of a five-star rating system) wide receiver prospect, reportedly chose Notre Dame over other schools including Oklahoma, Stanford, Nebraska and West Virginia.

Hunter, who also is expected to play baseball for the Fighting Irish, will miss his senior season on the diamond after sustaining a broken leg during an All-American football game practice last month.

He was signed out of Prosper High School in Texas, after accounting for 71 catches, 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns this season, according to Yahoo! Sports. He is listed at 6-foot-1, 172 pounds and considered the No. 30 player out of the talent-rich state of Texas by 247Sports composite rankings.

The elder Hunter, 37, signed as a free agent with the defending American League champion Tigers this winter after spending the past five seasons with the Angels. He spent the first 11 years of his career with the Twins, where he solidified his place as one of the game's top outfielders.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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