In no rush

The plans have not changed for Plano East Senior High's Toben Opurum. He has the dynamics to be among the top fullbacks in college football. Yet, the Plano-native is straying away from the glory that could come from running as a lead blocker in college.

For as long as he can remember, Toben Opurum (6-2, 225, 4.5) has wanted to play running back. Taking that dream to the next level is something that the three-star does not want to let go of.


“My priority is still to play running back in college,” Opurum said.


That said, the Tigers find themselves on the outside looking in, recruiting Opurum only at the fullback position.         


“If I wanted to play fullback in college, I would have already chosen LSU,” he said. “LSU is a hugely competitive school, and other teams are scared to play them. But it comes down to my decision on playing running back or fullback.”


At running back, Opurum is being recruited by a number of schools, the frontrunners at this point being Kansas, Purdue and Tulsa.


“I have been doing some research here and there,” Opurum said. “I am looking at a team’s history. What their depth chart is like. Things like that.


“I know that wherever I choose, I don’t want to go too far from home. I definitely won’t be going up north or anything like that.”


While the nation’s No. 4 ranked fullback’s senior season draws near, Opurum said that he is in no rush to make his decision.


“I need to play my senior season out and then evaluate where I am at,” he said. “After that I will have a better idea of where I stand, and what direction I need to go in.”


Note: As a sophomore, Opurum had 23 rushing attempts for 147 yards and one touchdown. He also had three receptions for 18 yards and one touchdown. As a junior, he had 99 attempts gaining 600 and four touchdowns, and also caught 27 passes for 574 yards and six scores.

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