Huskers offer Texas running back

Toben Opurum receives a bit of an unfair assessment by people and coaches when they just look at him on paper. At 6-doot-2 and 225-pounds, Opurum is a big running back. But that doesn't mean that all he can do is run people over. He can just do that too. Nebraska has recognized this runner's ability early in the process and has extended an offer.

The evaluation period is in full-swing and Toben Opurum continues to see new schools come by Plano (Texas) East and see him work out. The 6-foot-2 and 225-pound running back is sitting on six offers.

"Recruiting is going good," Opurum said. "I still have the same offers that I did before, but the coaches from Purdue and Stanford came by to see me.

"I am sitting at six offers. Rice just recently offered me. I also have offers from Nebraska, Kansas, Purdue, Tulsa and Wake Forest."

This is a group and a family effort for Opurum. The decision about where be goes to play football and, more importantly, get his education is getting looked at in depth by him and his parents.

"With my parents being involved, we have been looking at the education level of the schools. I am also looking at being able to fit in with the environment to get along with the players and the coaches."

Opurum says that as a running back that he can do it all. He can obviously run, catch and also mentions that he is successful blocking as well.

"I think that it's my versatility. I would say it's my ability to move out of the backfield to receive the ball, being a good blocker and just being a downhill runner."

If people were to just look at Opurum on paper his size would probably put him in the category of a "big back". Opurum says that he has heard that before and it doesn't bother him because he knows what he can do on the field and it's not just running people over.

"I get that a lot, so it really doesn't matter to me. I do more than just run people over."

The Nebraska offer found its way to Opurum some times ago, but Opurum doesn't know a lot about Nebraska. It's just because Opurum hasn't had a chance to really research Nebraska later.

"Nebraska offered me maybe about a month ago. I haven't been able to do much research about Nebraska yet. I know that they run the spread offense well.

"They are good competitors. I don't know anything about their tradition as a team or producing running backs. I am still planning on doing some research on Nebraska."

If there is something that Opurum does know, from the Nebraska coaching staff, he knows that he will be given the chance to compete if he decided to go to Nebraska.

"I know, from what I have heard, that I could definitely get up there and compete for playing time and maybe even play as a true freshman. I spoke with the coach about that."

As a sophomore, Opurum had 23 rushing attempts for 147 yards, averaging 6.4 yards per attempt, and had one touchdown. Opurum also had three receptions for 18 yards, averaging 18 yards per catch, with another score.

Opurum as a junior had 99 attempts rushing the football gaining 600 yards for a 6.1 average yards per attempt with four scores. He also hauled in 27 receptions for 574 yards, averaging 21.3 yards per completion, and another six scores.

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