Opurum is still open to fullback

Plano East Senior High running back Toben Opurum (6-2, 225, 4.5) piled together a list of teams over the summer that he felt would be best suited for him to continue playing football with. In August, the Texas-native said that LSU, Kansas, Purdue and Tulsa were the frontrunners.

"I would have committed to LSU already if I wanted to play fullback in college," Opurum said after narrowing things down back in August.


Fast forward a couple of months and the picture for the nation's No. 4-ranked fullback doesn't look quite the same.


"I slowly have lost interest in Tulsa," Opurum said. "I was supposed to head there this past weekend, but I just got with the coaches and cancelled the trip. I also have not really been in touch with the Wake Forest coaches lately. I don't see much happening there, so I am not really considering them anymore. I am also out with Nebraska, for the most part."


Catching as many highlights and games from college football that he can, Opurum says that a few teams have sprung onto his list after impressive performances.


"Florida has really caught my eye after offering last week," Opurum said. "Obviously to beat a team as talented as LSU like that is saying a lot. I have talked to [offensive coordinators] coach [Dan] Mullen a good bit. He said that right now they are working with a lot of smaller, scat-type backs. They are looking to land a back with a bit more size. That has what has got me interested in the Gators."


As for the Tigers, Opurum said that he remains in constant contact with one coach in particular.


"I was just talking with [running backs] coach [Larry] Porter last week," Opurum said. "They showed that even in a game like Florida where they were playing from behind, they never abandoned the run. I like that a lot.”


Something else that Opurum likes is the way that Porter has handled the recruiting process with the 3-star back.


“What I like about him is that he shoots me straight,” said Opurum. “He tells me that if I come to LSU I will be doing a lot of dirty work as a fullback, but I can work to show that I can get catches or carries here and there. I would be playing fullback, but seeing a lot of h-back type looks."


As for the schools still on the list, the three-star added Kansas, Purdue, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Arkansas.


Yet, with Plano East winless on the year, Opurum is keeping his mind on the field.


"We had a bye week last week, so that helped us regroup," Opurum said. "Things are getting better. We are off to a very slow start, but we have a big game against Wylie this weekend that could change the course.”


Opurum added that he is close to setting up official visits and right now the schools vying for one of his five visits are LSU, Florida, Purdue, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M.

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