Opurum has some trips planned

Toben Opurum has found himself stuck in the middle, if you will, throughout his entire recruitment process. On Friday nights, Opurum (6-2, 225, 4.5) lines up and carries the ball for Plano East out of the running back position. Next season, however, his college choice will either keep him there or move him up to fullback.

"LSU wants me to play a Jacob Hester-type role," Opurum said. "Coach [Larry] Porter wants me to be the kind of back that can carry the ball but also know how to make the blocks from the fullback position. It is a mix of the two positions, where the fullback can also get out and make catches and just do it all.”


The 3-star fullback says that he stays in contact with Porter and has heard a lot about the program from another source as well.


"I have been talking with Coach Porter a good bit," Opurum added. "We have maintained constant communication since last spring, and I would say we talk about once a week now. I know Chancey [Aghayere] pretty well from high school, so I have heard nothing but good things about LSU and Baton Rouge."


With interest from LSU, Florida, Purdue, Kansas, Texas Tech and Notre Dame, the Plano-native is keeping his options as open as possible.


All the while, with only five official visits on the plate, the choices must now begin to narrow.


"I am going to Florida next weekend," Opurum said. "I want to see what they can offer me. The coaches are telling me that they need someone to come in and block out of the backfield for [Tim] Tebow when he runs up the middle, as well as their future quarterbacks. Right now, they don't have that.


"I am also going to Kansas on Dec. 19," Opurum added. "I am definitely considering a trip to Baton Rouge soon. It will have to be after the season is over though, because that is the first free time I have."


As for a timetable on his decision, the No. 4 ranked fullback said that his journeys to college campuses over the next two months will tell the final tale.


"I don't know where I stand right now," Opurum said. "It could go a lot of ways, so I am just going to see how I feel after I take these visits."

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