Co-Founder & CEO
Director of Scouting & University Relations
Director of Personnel/ NFL/CFL Liaison
College Recruiting Educator/Speaker
Education: The University of Oklahoma
When Marcus Dupree played football for the Philadelphia, Mississippi tornadoes, his play united the racially divided city. Dupree was one the most highly recruited high school football players in the history of American football, whose phenomenal athletic speed and agility were often compared to Jim Brown and Earl Campbell. While at Philadelphia High, Dupree broke Herschel Walkers high school touchdown record scoring a total of 87. As a freshman in 1979, for the Philadelphia Tornadoes, Dupree was named Best Offensive Player, Most Valuable Player, All-Mid Mississippi Conference, and Player of the Year in the Mid-Mississippi Conference. He was the Player of the year in 1980 and 1981. Dupree gained state-wide and national attention and was selected for the Prep All-America football squad, the Parade Magazine All-America High School Football Team, Football Player of the Year by the Mississippi Sports Writers Association, Mid-MS Conference, Playboy All-American Team, All-South Team, and All-Conference Team. He was also named as Face in the Crowd for Sports Illustrated. While Dupree was still in high school, the flurry of interest from every major football program in the nation, inspired the brilliant Southern author Willie Morris to write a book about Duprees nationally publicized college recruitment titled, The Courting of Marcus Dupree.
Dupree committed to the University of Oklahoma in 1982. During his freshman year, he was named Big 8 Newcomer of the Year. Dupree was also named to the AP All-Big Eight first team, and earned a spot on UPIs All-Big Eight second team. Sports Illustrated featured Marcus on the cover in 1983 and his outstanding running plays were often the topic of nightly national news broadcasts. His elusiveness prompted the Oklahoma coaching staff to successfully change their offensive strategy to the I formation in order to maximize Duprees effectiveness. On January 1, 1983 Oklahoma played Arizona State in the Fiesta Bowl where Dupree was named the MVP. Although he only played half of the game and had four injuries, Dupree set and still holds the Fiesta Bowl rushing record of 239 yards. Dupree said, Misunderstandings and a lack of communication with head coach Barry Switzer, prompted him to leave the program at Oklahoma in spite being predicted to be a multiple Heisman trophy nominee. After enrolling in the University of Southern Mississippi, Dupree left the program when learning that he would be required to sit out for two years.
In 1984 the USFLs New Orleans Breakers signed Dupree at age 19 and made him the highest paid player in football. In his first year with the Breakers, Marcus gained 684 yards on 145 carries with 9 touchdowns. Unfortunately, a severe knee injury forced Dupree to leave the game. Amazingly, after an unprecedented five and a half year hiatus from professional football Duprees will, determination, work ethic, and passion were the catalysts for him to re-condition himself and earn a tryout with the Los Angeles Rams. In 1990, Dupree made the team and was named, Comeback Player of the Year. The Rams media guide called the Dupree story one of the most intriguing comeback stories in all of sports. In spite of a respectable sophomore season with the Rams, Dupree was released.
Recently ESPN filmed a highly acclaimed documentary about Duprees football career entitled, The Best That Never Was, produced and directed by eight-time Emmy winner Jonathan Hock. The Best That Never Was depicts the integrity and character of Marcus Dupree throughout his career and shows how his winning attitude helps him cope with life after football. Instead of dwelling on loss, Dupree says he is appreciative of the lessons he has learned and is cognizant of not squandering future opportunities. Today Mr. Dupree continues to make winning strides in athletics as recent co-founder & CEO of Marcus Dupree MVP College Recruiting where he has been able to utilize his experience and tremendous story to help guide student athletes and their families through the college recruiting process. He also makes personal appearances for corporate events, gives inspirational speeches to a broad range of audiences, and was a national spokesperson for pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. He has filmed regional commercials including Hyundai and was featured in a major movie titled Life at These Speeds. He has recently revived the New Mid-South Wrestling, coaches at various FBU Camps around the county, and runs youth speed and agility sports camps. Dupree is also an equestrian enthusiast who enjoys spending time with his family.
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Courtney J. Roach
Co-Founder & CEO
Director of NCAA/NAIA Recruiting Operations
College Recruiting Educator/Speaker
NCAA Compliance & Eligibility Advisor for enrolled Student Athletes & their Families
College Coach Advocate
Education: The University of Oklahoma ’12
Courtney was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she grew up into a family who was well known for their ties to football in southern California. Her father, grandfather, and two uncles all were standout football players in high school, and continued their football careers on scholarship in college. Football was just the sport she was born to love without question, and the first sport she ever experienced. At just 2 years old she attended the home football games at Oklahoma State to watch her Uncle Brent Parker play WR. Growing up Courtney continued to have a passion for athletics and played both competitive basketball and softball. In high school Courtney focused solely on her softball career as she gained regional recognition at show case tournaments for her overall performance at catcher/LF, and for her versatile skills at bat. She received her first letter from a college coach at the age of 14 and threw it away because she thought the coach wrote her by mistake. By the end of her sophomore year she had received four more letters from coaches at other schools who tried to reach out, but figured they were “just letters.” She was being recruited by college coaches and did not realize it because she did not know how the process worked. Courtney just had it in her mind that the only school she would play softball for was UCLA and that was the only letter she looked for, but it never came..
Unfortunately Courtney was not able to continue her softball career in college like she intended after giving birth to her son Jake, but the life skills and discipline she learned from playing athletics helped her over come the odds against her as a single mother who was determined to complete her college education. Courtney attended The University of Oklahoma and was able to get experience as a student athletic trainer while completing her Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry. Her son Jake was her college roommate and motivation to keep pushing forward, and she will forever cherish the memories they made together while at OU. Courtney described her college experience as “unforgettable, ” and credits her mother and Opa for always instilling the value and importance of a college education in her.
Today Courtney resides with her husband Michael and three sons Jacob (12), Jevan (5), and Christopher (2) in Jenks, Oklahoma. Since the completion of her degree in 2012 Courtney has maintained an active role in athletics, and has coached youth competitive basketball and softball for multiple seasons, and became a licensed NCAA Recruiter in November of 2015. Courtney is one of the first female freelance NCAA Recruiters for football, and baseball in the country. Her very first football recruit that she helped get exposure to college coaches was c/o 2016 RB Joshua Jacobs from Tulsa, OK who committed to play football at the University of Alabama on scholarship, and her first baseball recruit that she helped get exposure to college coaches was c/o 2016 IF Ryan Skalnik from Verdigris, OK who transferred from MACJC to Missouri State on scholarship! Both Josh and Ryan earned immediate starting roles on their college teams and continue to excel both on the field and in the classroom at the college of their choice!
After experiencing the value and ultimate reward of her position Courtney has made it a quest to help deserving athletes nation wide get the exposure they deserve to college coaches, and into the BEST college program for them. She has formed a unique college recruiting program that nearly 50 student athlete’s have successfully completed, and 100% of them signed on an average scholarship of $25,000+ with an average of 4 scholarship offers to choose from. Together with the legendary Marcus Dupree they have perfected and founded a “Game Changing” college recruiting program that will defy odds, and redefine the college recruiting process for the benefit of the student athlete and college coach for years to come! In Courtney’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, playing co-ed softball year round, running, snowboarding, and loves being able to watch her oldest son Jake play football who plans to continue on her family’s football legacy and play in college, and also looks forward to watching her two youngest sons Jevan and Chris play sports when they are older as well!
2018 MARCUS DUPREE MVP COLLEGE RECRUITING