Former University of Oklahoma running back and high school standout Marcus Dupree was on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” Wednesday to discuss his recruitment back in the 1980s. Co-host Dan LeBatard asked him to recount some of the best things he was offered.
Dupree admitted to being offered $250,000 a year, while another offered him an oil well. Dupree would not give out which schools were giving these lucrative offers, but he did rule out Oklahoma and Texas.
“I got offered $250,000 a year to play at this certain college and my mom grabbed me so quick and jerked me by my head and she’s like, ‘You can’t take that money.’ That’s a million dollars for four years,” said Dupree.
LeBatard asked Dupree to share another one of best offers to play and Dupree responded, “Well, I got offered some oil wells.”
Dupree and his mother both knew they could not do anything to violate NCAA rules because they were aware the NCAA was watching the highly-recruited running back.
“They used to tell us what time we got up, what time we went to bed, what time we finished watching the news. I mean, they knew everything about my mom — bank account, whatever else, they could come in and tell us everything. They had a whole crew in there, and I didn’t even know it until the last week of recruiting, how many people were there. It was like I was the president or something,” he recalled.
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