A former Florida quarterback recruit who had his scholarship withdrawn when video of him using the N-word surfaced on social media said Tuesday he received another scholarship offer.
Marcus Stokes tweeted that he received an offer from Albany State University, a Historically Black Public University (HBCU) in Albany, Georgia.
“Blessed be the recipient (sic) of my first offer from HBCU to play for Albany State University!” Stokes tweeted.
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The Albany State Golden Rams play in Division II. The team went 7-3 overall and 5-2 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The program finished in third place in the conference behind the undefeated Benedict and Fort Valley State.
According to 247 Sports, Stokes will also visit West Florida later in the week.
Stokes played quarterback for Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, receiving 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 in the top 50 players in the state.
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The video appeared 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 withdraw their offer.
“I was in my car listening to rap music, rapping to the beat of the words and I posted a video on social media,” he wrote. “I deeply apologize for the words of the song that I chose to say. It was hurtful and offensive to many people, and I’m sorry.
“I fully accept the consequences of my actions and respect the University of Florida’s decision to withdraw my football scholarship offer. I never meant to hurt anyone and I recognize that even when I accompany a song, my words still carry a lot of weight. I will strive to be better and become the best version of myself on and off the pitch.
“I know that learning from my mistakes is an important first step.”
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Stokes switched his commitment from Penn State to 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 schools’ radars after his junior season when he had 28 touchdowns and 2,672 passing yards.