Four-star quarterback recruit Marcus Stokes has had an HBCU offer pulled after losing a scholarship from Florida.
Stokes, who came out of Nease High School in Florida, joined the Gators in a flip from Penn State. It was assumed that he would leave when Jaden Rashada also signed on, but he stayed put and would have likely been part of the program for 2023 had the Gators not revoked his scholarship.
Florida’s decision came on the back came on the back of the QB filming himself rapping along to a song that included a racial slur – the N-Word, to be exact.
Stokes was left without a school until he received a shocking offer from Albany University in Georgia; shocking because Albany happens to be an HBCU.
The school has been on the end of a whole lot of backlash since the move. As to whether they thought the offer would go unnoticed or they simply failed to do their due diligence, we’ll probably never know. But head coach Quinn Gray has pulled the offer back, also apologizing for making it to begin with.
Let me start with a humble apology. An apology for not honoring the tradition and history of ASU and for letting many of you down.
I didn’t uphold the Ramily standard that I know you expect. Please know that my decision to speak with a student that did not meet your expectations was unacceptable. I only wanted the best for our team, athletes, and institution when I invited the student to visit ASU. As I say to our players, “there is a consequence to every action.” The consequences of my actions brought pain to our University. I was trying to help a student get back in competition, and in my haste, I did not consider the impact the decision would have on all of you. Frankly, it wasn’t my place to use ASU as the platform for redemption in this case. I regret that I used flawed judgment. If given the opportunity, I will do better.
ASU expects excellence. The president has made it clear that my actions did not meet that standard. It was never my intent to misrepresent what ASU stands for nor to ignore the rich history of this institution. I am fully committed to the University’s mission of supporting academic excellence and student success.
Being accepted into the Ramily is something that you have to earn. The Ramily embodies the spirit, authenticity, and love forged from the toil of giants before me. My actions caused you to question my commitment to our institution and our ancestors. As the consequences go, I hope to find a way back into the Ramily.
Without a doubt, I will be all in. Go Rams.
Stokes has also apologized for his use of the slur, but it appears to have cost him an opportunity to play college football.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.