SMU offers Hunter brothers

About a week after attending SMU's junior day, brothers Torii, Darius and Money Hunter found out that they had all received offers from the Mustangs. It's the first time in the recruiting process the trio had been offered by the same school.

Torii, Darius and Money Hunter were on a plane en route to Los Angeles to see their father Torii Hunter and the Angels play on Opening Day when they got some exciting news.

All three had received an offer from SMU—the first school to extend an offer to the trio out of Prosper High School.

It was offer No. 9 for Torii Hunter Jr., a wide receiver, who holds ‘em from schools like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and Texas Tech, and it was offer No. 2 for Darius Hunter, also a wide receiver, who has another one from the Red Raiders. But for Money, who plays safety, it was extra special because it was his first offer.

"It was exciting, my hard work is paying off," Money said. "I was sitting next to Torii [on the plane] and he shook me because I was kind of dozing off and he said, ‘Congratulations bro, I'm happy for you.' And I was like, ‘What is going on?' And he said, "You got your first offer." I was like, ‘For real?' And he said it was from SMU and showed me the message we got. I was really happy, but I was tired."

The brothers were expecting to receive offers from SMU when they attended junior day a couple of weeks ago, but they didn't get it until a week later.

"It would be pretty cool if a school could get us as a package deal," Torii said. "That would be a pretty unique thing to happen."

When the boys got to LA, they rushed to tell their dad of their recent recruiting developments.

"At first he didn't believe me," Money said, laughing. "But then Torii showed him the message we got and then he said he was happy for me and to keep doing what I'm doing and working hard and more will come."

The three brothers say their dad gives them great advice from their workouts to recruiting to eating habits, but ultimately tells them to "follow their hearts" and lets them make their own decisions.

"[Our dad] talks to us about this a lot," Darius said. "He says to choose a place where we feel most comfortable, most at home. He says, ‘Remember, if you go there, it's like picking your wife. You can't change once you go there."

"He says, ‘Watch what you say and show your character,'" Torii added.

Though it would be a dream to all play for the same school, the Hunters realize that they have to do what's best for each of them individually.

None of the Hunters have a leader yet, saying they want to take things slow and weigh all options before narrowing things down. Torii and Money are focused on baseball right now anyway—a sport they're equally passionate about—and won't be able to go on any more visits for a while. Both would like to play football and baseball in college if possible.

Torii plays centerfield and will be busy this summer with baseball showcase tournaments with Major League Baseball in North Carolina and Minnesota. Money plays right field like his dad.

Before they got deep into baseball season though, in addition to SMU, the Hunters visited Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.

All four campuses were places the Hunters said they could picture themselves for four years.

Darius said he was surprised by how much he liked SMU.

"It was pretty great, I liked it a lot," he said. "I thought it would be less exciting. I got along well with the wide receivers coach [Jason Phillips]. He's a cool guy, pretty down to earth. I feel like I could just talk to him and he wouldn't steer me wrong and just tell me what to do and what I need to work on without hurting my feelings.

"He said I was an overall great player and everything I'm doing is right," Darius added. "He said if I want to be the best and be coached by the best, I should come to SMU. He said if I went there, I'd get a lot of playing time and definitely get a lot of yards because they throw the ball a lot. I like that and definitely want to go to a school where they throw the ball a lot."

In addition to catching a lot of balls, Darius, along with his brothers, said education is a top priority when choosing a school. All three are very smart boys who are passionate about lots of things outside of football.

Darius thinks he'll major in business management or something to do with computers and technology. Torii is thinking architecture engineering or psychology and Money is deciding between architecture engineering as well and also physical therapy.

When deciding on a school, the brothers also want a rowdy fan base that'll hype them up.

The Hunters average about 6 feet tall, and 165 lbs., but want to put on some more weight before their senior season begins this fall.

Their father has them on quite the eating regimen to beef up.

"We eat 4,000 calories a day and eat at least four times a day, about every two hours or so," Money said. "We work out a lot and eat meat, greens, proteins, grains, our Wheaties … [our dad] shows us stuff he did and what he knows works."

Torii and Darius play receiver while Money is a defensive back and was humble when talking about who wins more one-on-one's.

"They're the best wide receivers and I just try to go up there and use all my talent against them," Money said. "I win sometimes, they win sometimes. They gang up on me though because they're both older."

Though all three are in the same grade, Darius is 17, while Torii and Money are 16 (with Torii a month and five days older than Money).

So could they be interested in SMU in the end?

"Yeah, definitely," Darius said. "We're going to take our time deciding though."


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