On Dec. 22, the University of Kansas received its 18th commitment for the 2009 recruiting class when Plano East (Plano, TX) fullback Toben Opurum verbally committed to the Jayhawks. He is a four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and is rated the third-best fullback in the nation.
The Plano, Texas native chose KU over Florida, Notre Dame, Purdue, Texas Tech, Arkansas, and Nebraska. He is the second running back that has committed to the Jayhawks thus far.
Opurum is listed at 6'2", 229 lbs., and has been clocked at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He will likely make the transition from fullback to running back at KU. As a senior at Plano East, Opurum rushed for over 860 yards on 107 carries for a staggering average of 8.2 yards per carry.
Aside from his ability to run the ball, he has soft hands out of the backfield. As a junior, he had 27 catches for 574 yards. As a senior, his average was down, but he was still a potent threat out of the backfield.
The four-star recruit looks to flourish in Coach Ed Warriner's system. He is athletic enough to push for serious playing time as a freshman. He is the big, between-the-tackles back that KU needed this year to compliment junior RB Jake Sharp.
With Angus Quigley making the move to linebacker, the depth chart at running back is wide open. If Jacques Crawford doesn't continue to improve in the offseason, Opurum will pass him on the depth chart in the fall. While Opurum is not a traditional downhill back, he has good vision and lateral movement between the tackles.
KU fans can expect to hear good things from this recruit in the future.