Incoming Irish: Torii Hunter Jr.

In our 'Incoming Irish' series, wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. gives the latest on his road to recovering after breaking his femur in a January all-star practice.

In January, wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. of Prosper (Texas) High suffered a broken femur during a non-contact drill while practicing for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio.

Shortly after the injury, Hunter Jr. said:

"I don't want to red-shirt. I look online and see people on the forums, and they think I should red-shirt. When I see that, it pushes me."

Nearly five months later, Hunter Jr. has made encouraging progress.

"The work that I've been putting in at physical therapy is starting to show," Hunter Jr. said. "My leg is getting a lot stronger. I plan to be ready to be 100 percent sometime in July."

"I haven't been able to do a lot of lower body in physical therapy, but I can jog now," the 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver said. "My next step will be running without a limp. I'm still taking it day to day."

Hunter Jr. said that mentally, he's ahead of the competition.

"I'm a smart player," he said. "I make it easy for quarterbacks to find me down the field. I have played a lot of defense, so I know how to outsmart them. In high school, I could out jump everyone, so I played outside receiver and slot. At Notre Dame, I'll be playing slot."

Hunter graduates on Friday (May 31), and he says he's ready to travel north to South Bend soon thereafter.

"I'm looking forward to meeting everybody and working out with the team," Hunter said. "I want to experience my first college practice." The game that Hunter Jr. can't wait to be a part of in 2013?

"I'm definitely most looking forward to Arizona State," Hunter Jr. said. "I'll get to return to Texas and play in front of a lot of friends and family." Top Stories