Torii Hunter Jr. part of Notre Dame recruiting class

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Texas wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr. adds his name to the Notre Dame football recruiting list for 2013. You obviously recognize that name, as he’s the son of major-league baseball outfielder Torii Hunter, now with the Detroit Tigers and formerly with Minnesota Twins (1997-2007) and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2008-2012)

Hunter, Torii Jr. (WR, 6-0, 180, Prosper, Texas, Prosper)–Ranked 95th player nationally on ESPN 300 list, 181st on Rivals 250 list, 21st among WRs on Rivals.com list He was also ranked 41st among wide receivers on Scout 300. Hunter Jr. looks to follow in the line of stellar ND receivers like Rocket Ismail, Tim Brown, Golden Tate, Michael Floyd and Jeff Samardzjia. And like Samardzjia, and his famous father, Hunter Jr. plays baseball quite well. In high school, he hit .393 with six home runs, 27 RBI and 13 stolen bases as junior outfielder

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Notre Dame adds top OLB, 5-star recruit Jaylon Smith

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Brian Kelly may not be winning as many games as some of the Notre Dame faithful want him to, but he is winning the recruiting battles. They got the 13th member of their class, Jaylon Smith, from just up the road in Ft. Wayne. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker is a five-star recruit, according to Rivals.com.

He is also ranked as the No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 4 overall prospect by Rivals.com.

From Irish Sports Daily:

On Saturday, the Irish picked up the verbal commitment of five-star outside linebacker Jaylon Smith of Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, who made the announcement at the RAS Camp in Angola, Ind.

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Notre Dame lands top 10 recruit; who flaked on his own press conference

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I hate National Signing Day, and this year’s version is so lame that is even showed up to annoy me three weeks later. Here’s what went down Monday according to Lost Lettermen:

The No. 8 recruit in the country according to ESPNU called a press conference at Kyrene de la Esperenza Elementary School (his old stomping grounds) in Scottsdale, AZ, in which 600 kids were brought into the cafeteria to watch the announcement mirroring LeBron James’ “Decision” from 2010. There was a 35-minute program that included Neal’s highlight reel (and you thought “The Decision” was drawn out) and a cryptic FedEx package that reportedly contained his national Letter of Intent.

The only thing missing? Davonte Neal.

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Summary of Notre Dame’s 2011 Recruiting Class

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Given how insane the current weather is in the Midwest is, most local and area schools – including the University of Notre Dame – are closed today due to the snow. But football signing day moves on! And the Irish landed the #12 class according to ESPNU. Seven of the 23 commits are in the ESPNU top 150. It’s a very defense oriented class, and they landed four of the top 12 rated defensive ends.

The Irish football staff starts the day with five individuals already officially in the fold. Five members of the 2011 recruiting class graduated from high school early and enrolled at the University of Notre Dame in January and began taking classes for the spring semester.

Here’s who they are, and later a summary of the 23 Irish additions:

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