Former Prosper standout Torii Hunter, Jr., yes that Torii Hunter, is forgoing his final season with Notre Dame football to pursue a baseball career like his father.
He won’t return to the Irish for a fifth season.
“I want to say thank you to my coaches, teammates, professors, classmates and fans for all the support throughout my career,” Hunter said on Twitter Thursday. “I’m truly blessed to be a part of the Notre Dame family.”
The wide receiver announced Thursday that instead of returning for his final season of college football, he will instead follow the path of his MLB All-Star father and pursue a career in professional baseball. Hunter, who also played baseball for Notre Dame, was drafted in the 23rd round of the MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels in June. He signed a contract with the team on June 25.
Hunter had 38 catches for 521 yards three touchdowns. He missed three games due to injury. He had 73 receptions in his career for 949 yards and six touchdowns.
His father played 19 major league seasons and was a five-time all-star and nine-time Gold Glove winner. The elder Hunter retired after the 2015 season.
Coming out of Prosper, Hunter was ranked No. 95 nationally on ESPN 300. On Rivals, he was ranked the No. 21 best receiver after helping the Eagles to a 10-3 mark in 2012 and the regional round. He was a second team all state pick after 71 catches for 1,235 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. He had 11 scores in his junior year.
He also played baseball where he hit .393 with six home runs, 27 RBIs and 13 stolen bases as a junior.