Perhaps no prospect did more to improve his stock at The Opening than ESPN 150 wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper, Texas/Prosper).
The son of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter dazzled in front of a plethora of recruiting analysts and NFL representatives in Beaverton, Ore., and on ESPNU during the 7-on-7 championships with one highlight-reel play after another.
He was so impressive that, when the latest version of the ESPN 150 was released the following week, Hunter's overall ranking improved from No. 137 to No. 51.
Still, that showing didn’t do enough to pique Texas’ interest.
“I’ve talked to the [Texas] coaches once,” said Hunter, who is also a pro baseball prospect. “I forgot which coach it was, one time, but that was it. That was before The Opening -- at the beginning of May. I haven’t heard from them since.”
Hunter isn’t hurting for offers. He has plenty from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Iowa, Memphis, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Texas Tech, Utah Wake Forest and West Virginia.
But interest from the Longhorns would have been welcomed.
“I did [have interest] because my good friend, Jake Raulerson, is going to go there,” said Hunter, the No. 8 receiver overall. “He has always talked Texas up. I’ve had interest and liked them as a little kid growing up. They used to be a pretty good team when they had Vince Young.
“If they don’t have any interest then I guess that’s how it is. I’m not going to get upset over it because I am blessed to have as many offers as I have now. It’s OK.”
Hunter said it’s not too late for a new school to show him interest and make an impression.
“I’m still open to schools,” said Hunter, who ran a 4.57-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 33-inch vertical leap during The Opening’s SPARQ competition. “I haven’t taken many visits.”
He said he hopes to take several visits in the next few weeks.
“I want to go visit most of the schools on my offers list like Notre Dame, Nebraska, West Virginia, Utah, Arizona, Arizona State, TCU,” Hunter said.
The Longhorns, meanwhile, are still trying to figure out where they’ll end up with receivers in 2013. They have commitments from ESPN 150 member Jacorey Warrick, the No. 12 WR, and ESPN 300 member Jake Oliver, the No. 39 WR, and are in the running for Ricky Seals-Jones, the top receiver in the country.