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It's All in the Family for Notre Dame

Torii Hunter's son and David Robinson's son among this year's class



Prosper (Texas) wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., right, and his brother, Darius McClinton Hunter, walk off the field in 2010. Torii is one of several sons of famous athletes to commit to Notre Dame in recent years. / Stewart F. House

Notre Dame apparently is in the family business. The Irish have a top five class, and they lead the nation with 2013 recruits with famous athletes as fathers.

Among the players who signed with Notre Dame are Prosper, Texas, wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., the son of Detroit Tigers' right fielder Torii Hunter and Christian Academy (San Antonio, Texas) wide receiver Corey Robinson, the son of Pro Basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson.

It's not an unusual trend in South Bend, but it hasn't always worked out. In 2008, Nate Montana, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana, walked on at Notre Dame, but soon transferred to Montana, then to West Virginia Wesleyan.

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Former NFL player and ESPN personality Mike Golic sent both of his sons, Jake and Mike Jr., to Notre Dame, but only Mike started last season.

Austin Collinsworth, son of former NFL receiver Cris Collinsworth, was a special teams player for most of his first two seasons but could start next season in the secondary after missing last season with an injury. The Irish have had better luck with Josh and George Atkinson III, sons of former NFL defensive back George Atkinson. George has run for seven touchdowns in two seasons.

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There are other sons of famous fathers who might have an impact that are going elsewhere, most prominently, Kelvin Taylor and Ray Lewis III. Taylor set state rushing records at Glades Day (Belle Glade, Fla.) and signed with Florida, where his dad, Fred Taylor, was an All-American running back before going to the NFL. Lewis, who set the county touchdown record at Lake Mary, Fla., is headed to Miami, where his dad was an All-American linebacker.

"Kelvin Taylor obviously has the natural ability," said 247Sports.com recruiting analyst JC Shurburtt. "I think there are some things he does between the tackles that are better than his dad. He doesn't have the speed his dad did, but he may have more potetial. I would keep an eye on Ray Lewis III at Miami. He played private school ball and didn't have the best competition and isn't rated terribly high, but watching him play in the Semper Fi Bowl, he held his own. He gives it all he's got every play."

 

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