Dividends already paying off with big night
ESPN 150 receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper) committed to the Irish following their primetime home win over Michigan, our Damon Sayles writes, making him the school's 21st commitment for the Class of 2013.
Hunter Jr. is the son of the MLB All-Star of the same name, and he joins the nephew of Dodgers manager Don Mattingly (Danny) and the son of pro basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson (Corey) as Irish 2013 commitments looking to make their own names.
Hunter Jr. raved about Saturday's atmosphere to Sayles, an obvious strong sign for a program that has been looking to make its game day scene a little bit more electric. Coach Brian Kelly has said that will come with winning. And, as he found out by landing Sayles, Notre Dame can benefit beyond the scoreboard because of it, too.
Hunter Jr. is ESPN's 50th overall prospect, the No. 6 player in Texas and the No. 8 receiver in the nation.
Here is a breakdown of the Irish's 21-man 2013 recruiting class, which features 17 four-star prospects, six ESPN150 commits (*) and 12 ESPN300 commits (**)
- Four-star OLB Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers)*
- Four-star WR Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper)*
- Four-star OLB Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing)*
- Four-star OT Colin McGovern (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West)*
- Four-star OT Hunter Bivin (Owensboro, Ky./Apollo)*
- Four-star DE Isaac Rochell (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy)*
- Four-star OLB Doug Randolph (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest)**
- Four-star QB-DT Malik Zaire (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter)**
- Four-star CB Devin Butler (Washington/Gonzaga)**
- Four-star RB Jamel James (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch)**
- Four-star TE-Y Mike Heuerman (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier)**
- Four-star OT John Montelus (Everett, Mass./Everett)**
- Four-star ATH Rashad Kinlaw (Galloway, N.J./Absegami)
- Four-star ATH James Onwualu (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham)
- Four-star OT Mike McGlinchey (Philadelphia/William Penn)
- Four-star ILB Michael Deeb (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage)
- Four-star OT Steve Elmer (Midland, Mich./Midland)
- Three-star ATH Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead)
- Three-star WR Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian)
- Three-star TE-Y Jacob Matuska (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Hartley)
- Three-star WR William Fuller (Philadelphia/Roman Catholic)
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