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Ex-Florida recruit who had his scholarship revoked for dropping N-word in videos receives offer from HBCU

A former Florida quarterback recruit who had his scholarship withdrawn after a video of him using the N-word surfaced on social media said Tuesday he had received another scholarship offer.

Marcus Stokes tweeted that he had received an offer from Albany State University — a historically black public university (HBCU) in Albany, Georgia.

“Blessed to accept my first offer from HBCU to play at Albany State University!” Stokes tweeted.

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

According to 247 Sports, Stokes will also visit West Florida later in the week.

A pair of down markers on the sidelines of the Pac-12 game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Arizona State University Sun Devils on September 30, 2017 in Palo Alto, California.

A pair of down markers on the sidelines of the 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 Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. and received offers from Florida, Penn State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern and Georgia State, among others, according to 24/7 Sports. Stokes was a four-star recruit and among the state’s top 50 players.

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The video surfaced in November and showed Stokes saying “Welcome back” followed by the N-word. Stokes announced in a statement posted to social media that the Gators had decided to withdraw their bid.

“I was in my car listening to rap music, rapping along to the lyrics and posting a video of it on social media,” he wrote. “I deeply apologize for the words I chose in the song. It was hurtful and insulting to a lot of people and I regret that.

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

A Florida Gators helmet sits on the sidelines of Kyle Field on November 5, 2022 in College Station, Texas.
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“I fully accept the consequences of my actions and respect the University of Florida’s decision to withdraw my scholarship offer to play football. It was never my intention to hurt anyone and I recognize that even when I’m involved with a song my words still carry I will strive to get better and become the best version of myself on and off the court .

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

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

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