Transfer WR Jeremiah Hunter lands firmly on Notre Dame football radar

Jeremiah Hunter has long been rumored as a Notre Dame football target and now he's officially in the transfer portal.
Nov 25, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; California Golden Bears wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter (3)
Nov 25, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; California Golden Bears wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter (3) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the fact that the Notre Dame football team has already brought in two transfer wide receivers, it looks like the fighting Irish are looking for at least one more. That one more was thought to be former Wake Forest receiver Jahmal Banks, but it appears the Golden Domers moved on.

It’s possible they moved on because they caught wind of someone about to enter the portal they like a little more. That person, Jeremiah Hunter is now officially in the portal. And it would seem likely that the Irish will be going after him hard.

Hunter made a team-leading 63 receptions for 750 yards and seven touchdowns this season. He had at least five catches in 9 of the Bears’ 13 games this season and could be the kind of possession receiver that Notre Dame football is looking to shore up a WR corps that has already been revamped.

Hunter had hinted that he might be moving on from the new ACC squad just ahead of the Indepedence Bowl. “Right now I’m just trying to focus on the bowl game and see what happens after that,” he told reporters when asked if he was committed to returning to Cal in 2024.

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There were also hints that Notre Dame might look at Hunter if he did enter the portal. That includes some sharp-eyed Irish fans noticing that new quarterback Riley Leonard was following him on social media.

It should surprise no one that Marcus Freeman and company would want to give Leonard as many weapons as possible. The staff is completing a season that didn’t go as planned in part because their big transfer portal get from last winter, Sam Hartman fell short of expectations

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It’s possible that Hartman’s struggles can be traced back to not having established receivers to throw to. Should Notre Dame football add Jeremiah Hunter to Beaux Collins, and Kris Mitchell, as well as a 2024 recruiting class that has some serious talent, no one can claim they didn’t give Leonard weapons.