Hunter Has Texas Interest

Torii Hunter Jr. discusses Prosper's preseason preparations, and recent interest from Texas.

"Everything's going pretty good," Torii Hunter Jr. said. "We're just getting ready for our first game this week, preparing pretty hard and trying to get our assignments down, make sure everybody's lined up right and everything. We have to be disciplined."

The hope will be that said discipline will help carry Prosper to a state title. The Eagles were knocked out in the area rounds last year, but face a realignment jump to 4A from 3A this year.

"No. 1 state champions: that was the expectation last year, and it's the same this year," Hunter said. "Our expectations don't change with us moving up to 4A. We're just going to have to battle, work harder and be more disciplined. We might not be bigger than everybody, or even more athletic, but if we do things right, and do what we're supposed to do, we'll be OK. I think we have the talent to [win] the whole thing."

Hunter caught 43 passes for 749 yards and 11 touchdowns last year, averaging 17.4 yards per catch. And his performance on the gridiron — as well as on the baseball diamond — has led to a bushel-full of offers. Recently he's been out to visit a number of schools, and said Notre Dame, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska and TCU have been recruiting him the hardest. All have offered, but Hunter claims no favorite.

He might be able to add another offer to that list. In recent weeks, Hunter was called by Texas wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt, who's in the market for another receiver.

"He just really told me that Texas has a new interest in me," Hunter said. "He wanted me to come to the first game against Wyoming."

Hunter said he "probably" wouldn't be able to make that trip, but said he does plan to come down to Austin for a game this fall, potentially with friend and Texas commitment Jake Raulerson.

"I've known him since middle school," Hunter said. "I've played against him, and he keeps telling me how he's going to take me to a game.

"He keeps telling me to come to Texas, just more jokingly than anything," Hunter said. "He's told me multiple times: come to Texas, be a star."

Hunter, who plans to play both football and baseball in college, said he hopes to learn more about the Longhorns.

"I want to go to campus and just get a feel for everything," Hunter said. "I'm not totally sure where I stand with them, so we'd have to talk about that.

"But it would really be great to have an offer from Texas," Hunter said.

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