Ex-Florida recruit who had scholarship pulled for dropping N-word in video receives offer from HBCU

A former Florida quarterback recruit who had his scholarship pulled when a video Using the N-word that surfaced on social media, one of them said on Tuesday that he had received another scholarship offer.

Marcus Stokes tweeted that he had received an offer from Albany State University – a public Historically Black University (HBCU) in Albany, Georgia.

“Blessed to have my first HBCU offer receiver (sic) to play at Albany State University!” Stokes tweeted.


The Albany State Golden Rams play in Division II. The team was 7–3 overall and 5–2 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The program finished third in the conference behind undefeated Benedict and Fort Valley State.

According to 247 Sports, Stokes is scheduled to visit West Florida at the end of the week.

A pair of down markers on the sidelines of a Pac-12 game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Arizona State University Sun Devils on September 30, 2017 in Palo Alto, California.
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Stokes played quarterback for Neese High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, And received offers from Florida, Penn State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern and Georgia State, among other schools, according to 24/7 Sports. Stokes was a four-star recruit and ranked among the top 50 players in the state.

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The video surfaced in November and showed Stokes saying “Welcome back” followed by the n-word. Stokes revealed in a statement posted to social media that the Gators decided to retract his offer.

He wrote, “I was listening to rap music in my car, rapping along to the words and posted a video of it on social media.” “I deeply apologize for the words in the song that I chose to say. It was hurtful and offensive to many people, and I am sorry for that.

A Florida Gators helmet sits on the sidelines at Kyle Field on November 5, 2022 in College Station, Texas.

A Florida Gators helmet sits on the sidelines at Kyle Field on November 5, 2022 in College Station, Texas.
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“I fully accept the consequences of my actions, and I respect the University of Florida’s decision to withdraw my scholarship offer to play football. I never intended to hurt anyone and I believe I am sure that even when going with a song, my words still carry a lot of weight. I will strive to get better and be the best version of myself on and off the field.

“I know that learning from my mistakes is the first important step.”

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Stokes flipped from his commitment Penn State Florida in July, according to The St. Augustine Record. He had 14 touchdowns and 1,867 passing yards in his senior season after appearing on the schools’ radars after his junior season, when he had 28 touchdowns and 2,672 passing yards.