It used to be that the promise of play time on the field used to be enough to lure players to schools but it seems that these days unless that promise comes with a hefty price tag attached, that offer is no good.
The recruitment story of Marcus Dupree is a good example of the unimaginable offers that are being extended to young players.
If you can believe it, Dupree was offered so much more than just astronomical amounts of money.
First, according to For The Win, right out of high school he was offered $250,000 a year to play at one unnamed college, totaling a million dollars over four years. Another unnamed college offered a vague potential gold mine that landed an appearance on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable”.
Still, the money offers, which Dupree’s mother, a school teacher, would not allow him to accept, wasn’t even the most outrageous of the offers he was given.
“I got offered some oil wells… At the time I didn’t know. I knew about oil but I didn’t know what…” Dupree said in an interview with For The Win.
It’s hard to believe anyone would turn down offers of riches, but it goes to show that not all players are after riches so much as they are a chance to play the game they love.
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