Interest is there

Fullbacks are used to not getting much glory but when you are as good as Toben Opurum you get more than your fair share. The Plano East (Texas) bruiser is's 5th ranked fullback in the country and he is also one of the top prospects LSU is after at that position.

Opurum, a 6-2, 225-pounder with 4.6 speed, has that “big back” label but he is also getting a lot of looks for fullback.


As a junior, Opurum ran the ball 99 times and picked up 600 yards with four scores. He also hauled in 27 receptions for 574 yards and another six scores.


Opurum has picked up a slew of offers from schools all over the country for both positions in the backfield.


“Wake Forest, Tulsa, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, Rice, Michigan, Illinois and a few more have offered me as a running back,” Opurum said. “Then LSU and Notre Dame offered for fullback and Texas is also recruiting me as a fullback.”


Opurum has made it known that he wants to carry the ball in college but he also is not ready to rule out any schools that are recruiting him for fullback.


“LSU is definitely a school I’m considering but the fact they are offering me as a fullback so that does throw a kink in it,” he said. “Me and my parents are looking at other things besides football, though, so I’m not ruling any school out because there is more to my decision than just football.”


Opurum went on to say that he has played running back since the seventh grade and the comfort level he has at that spot means more than just toting the rock.


“I’ve been there for so long that I feel like moving to fullback this late may be a bit too much,” he said.


Academics are going to be a bigger part of Opurum’s decision than it is with many kids and LSU running backs coach Larry Porter is making sure he knows about the academic resources that LSU has to offer along with its needs on the field.


“He says they deeply need a fullback and they like the way I play,” said Opurum. “He also tells me a lot about their academic center and I’m trying to make it over there this summer to look at everything but my schedule is so full that it may not be until the fall when I get over there.”

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