Opurum to Dine At ND Banquet

Down in Plano, Texas, Notre Dame assistant coach Rob Ianello is getting help in his recruitment of Toben Opurum.

Toben Opurum has a neighbor that tries and sells the Irish program to the Plano East Senior High standout nearly every chance he gets.

"I've known him for about 10 years and he's a big Notre Dame fan," the 6-foot-2, 225-pound running back prospect said. "I hear from him every now and then about going there."

Opurum will at least be going to Notre Dame for a weekend.

A few weeks ago, Opurum booked his official visit to South Bend for the football banquet the weekend of Dec. 6th. Many of Notre Dame's 17 verbal commits will also be on campus that weekend, as will uncommitted four-star defensive end Davon Custis, from Columbus, Ohio.

"I'm just basically trying to learn a little more about the program and the tradition, and see the chemistry between the players and coaches, and I guess the banquet would be a really good time to see that," Opurum explained.

Opurum has already booked trips to Kansas the weekend of Dec. 20th, and Florida the third week in January. Opurum said he also plans to see Purdue, and "possibly" Arkansas. Those schools along with Notre Dame are the lucky finalists.

"It's always been a winning program and they have a lot of young talent on the team, they should be good in the next few years," Opurum said of the Irish. "They have a lot of exposure and people watch them play all the time."

Ianello and Opurum speak once or twice a week, and he told Opurum he'd be out at his school a week or so after his official visit.

This past season, Opurum had 107 carries for 873 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 31 receptions for another 300 yards. He wasn't sure if he wanted to play fullback on the next level, and some programs were saying he had the opportunity to come in and play halfback. Opurum has since become more open to the idea of playing fullback following his senior campaign.

"Just basically, I'm used to run blocking from playing running back the way we play at our school," Opurum began. "And Notre Dame is saying I'd be able to run in goal-line situations and be a receiver coming out of the backfield."

Opurum quickly shared the word with his neighbor about his upcoming visit to Notre Dame.

"He was actually trying to find out a way to come out with me, but tickets were overpriced."

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