Omar Hunter really didn't expect to reach the decision that he did today. In fact, Hunter always figured that he would play his football even further north than South Bend. But when the standout lineman visited Notre Dame last week, he knew he had found his next home.
"Notre Dame had been in my top five, but I always thought that I'd end up at Michigan," Hunter responded when asked about his commitment. "Michigan is a great place and I liked it, but I really just fell in love with Notre Dame. I was comfortable and it reminded me a lot of home. Everybody was good people. I loved the coaches, I liked being around the players…it was all good."
Many thought the Irish had a chance to land Hunter because of a former Notre Dame player, but it was actually a former Michigan player that sealed the deal for the Irish.
"I really only talked to Darius [Walker] once in my life. He was a senior and I was in eighth grade, so that wasn't much [of an impact]," Hunter explained. "I'd definitely say that coach Brown had a big impact in my decision. I really liked him and once I got a chance to talk to him he seemed like a guy that I really wanted to play for. He seems real fun and energetic on the field, and I really like that.
Notre Dame continues to recruit Georgia very strongly, and two Georgia products helped land Hunter.
"Toryan Smith was my host when I was at Notre Dame," Hunter said. "He showed me around. Morrice Richardson was there as well. They were real cool. Toryan played in an all-star game with my buddy Steven Singleton who is at LSU now, so we had that connection.
"I really just connected with everything about the school. It's in a nice quiet town. It's a nice campus, everything was great."
Hunter had scholarship offers from Michigan, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State and LSU.
As a junior, Omar registered 85 tackles and six sacks.