After considering Notre Dame, Florida, Arkansas, Purdue and Kansas for the past couple of months, Toben Opurum has dropped the Gators and Razorbacks from consideration, and will try and make a verbal commitment somewhere as soon as possible.
The standout halfback/fullback prospect from Plano, Texas has taken official visits to Notre Dame, Kansas and Purdue.
"I never really been real big on Arkansas, and Florida, pretty much the coach that was recruiting me there is now the head coach at Mississippi State, so Florida is not really an option," the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Opurum explained.
Opurum visited Notre Dame the weekend of Dec. 6th for the Irish football banquet. He followed that up with trips to Kansas and Purdue.
"Basically, all I can do is compare what I like with one another, and see how my family feels about it, but ultimately the choice will come down to me."
This past season for Plano East, Opurum had 107 carries for 873 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had 31 receptions for another 300 yards.
On his visit to Notre Dame, Opurum was hosted by fellow Texas product, freshman defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, and among other things, he sat down and watched film with offensive coordinator Mike Haywood about how he fits into the Irish offense.
"The academics there are outstanding," Opurum said of why Notre Dame is a finalist. "I'll have an opportunity to get a strong degree and an opportunity to play early there. All the schools are saying that, that I could get early playing time. But, I feel like they're a rising program and they should be good next year and the next few years."
Opurum also talked about some of the things he's still evaluating about Notre Dame.
"They're still offering me at the fullback position, and I understand how they're going to use me, but me having the option to play feature back at another one of the schools is something to really consider.
"I enjoyed my time on my visit there and with the players, but my overall fit, I'm not sure about it."
Irish assistant coach Rob Ianello has been trying to fix that. Since Opurum's visit to South Bend, Ianello has been by Plano East twice to see Opurum.
Notre Dame is still trying to set up an in-home visit with head coach Charlie Weis and Opurum, but a verbal commitment will most likely be made before that comes to fruition. Purdue's future head coach Danny Hope is the only one of the three remaining finalists to have that one-on-one visit.
"I think I'll get my decision done as soon as possible actually," Opurum said.