Opurum Holds Demon Deacon Offer

At 6-2 and 228 pounds, Toben Opurum is a load for any defender to bring down. As one of the most powerful running backs in the state of Texas he has several schools hot on his trail.

Last season at Plano East High School in Texas, Toben Opurum carried the ball 99 times for 600 yards. He also displayed his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, grabbing 27 passes for 573 yards with 11 total offensive touchdowns.

While some schools like his potential as a fullback or linebacker, Opurum says most coaches are recruiting him as a running back that can carry a big load and wear a defense down over the course of a game. Right now, two schools stick out, but things could still change significantly between now and the time that he makes his decision.

"Right now I like Purdue and Kansas but I could still go anywhere," said Opurum, who holds offers from both schools in addition to Nebraska, Wake Forest, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Ole Miss, Illinois and others.

One of those places he could still end up is Winston-Salem, as he has a healthy respect for the school and the football program at Wake Forest. "Wake has a real nice campus and I would be familiar with a couple of faces," he said.

That would include Kevin Smith, who was one of Opurum's teammates at Plano East, and Chris Givens, who also signed with Wake Forest last year. Opurum said he would try to camp at Purdue, Kansas, Wake Forest and others over the summer.

"We're doing exams right now," he explained. "We just finished 7-on-7s and we'll be done with exams on Wednesday. I'm just going to get going to some places as soon as possible (after exams)."

Despite his size, Opurum has a quick burst coming out of the backfield. He runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds and is continuing to work on improving that.

"My style is obviously strength and running over people, getting through people. I'm working on my agility to make sure I can get around people too."

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