Torii Hunter Jr. will not return to Notre Dame for his fifth season of eligibility.
The wide receiver announced Thursday that instead of returning for his final season of college football, he will instead follow the path of his MLB All-Star father and pursue a career in professional baseball.
Hunter, who also played baseball for Notre Dame, was drafted in the 23rd round of the MLB draft by the Los Angeles Angels in June. He signed a contract with the team on June 25.
Even after signing a deal with the Angels, Hunter was allowed to play football this season for the Irish because of an NCAA rule that allows players to play professionally in one sport while keeping their amateur status in another. In nine games, Hunter caught 38 passes for 521 yards and three touchdowns. He missed three games because of injuries, including a concussion stemming from a brutal hit from Texas safety DeShon Elliott (who later apologized for the hit).
Overall for his career, Hunter caught 73 passes for 949 yards and six touchdowns.
Hunter Jr. played in 23 games as a member of the Notre Dame baseball team in 2015 and 2016, mainly as a reserve outfielder. His father played 19 major league seasons and was a five-time all-star and nine-time Gold Glove winner. The elder Hunter retired after the 2015 season.
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