Channel flipped last night, and ended up catching the ESPN 30 For 30 "Marcus Dupree: The Best That Never Was" I'm a big fan of the series but had never seen this particular documentary.
They spent a good chunk of the program detailing the EXTENSIVE recruiting of Marcus out of high school, most notably from Oklahoma and Texas. Apparently, as he was getting closer to making his college choice, both Texas and Oklahoma paid for their respective recruiters to actually LIVE in Philadelphia, Mississippi for the final six weeks. According to the show, these two were staying on the same floor of the same hotel, if you can imagine that. They shadowed Marcus' high school football coach, and were in on virtually every discussion during practice and meetings. In the end, it took a Billy Sims personal visit by private plane to seal the deal for OU.
Given today's NCAA rules/requirements -- would this even be legal? This was 1982 so I'm assuming the rules were a bit less restrictive. In any case, this apparently was the recruiting battle to end ALL recruiting battles. Dare I say - even moreso than the Terrelle Pryor recruitment?