Nease QB Marcus Stokes, dropped from Florida after rapping racial slur, receives offer from HBCU

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — A Nease High School quarterback who had his football scholarship revoked by the University of Florida after he posted a video to social media with him rapping along to a song with a racial slur said he now has an offer from a Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) school.

Marcus Stokes, who originally committed to Florida on July 7 before his scholarship was revoked in November, posted Tuesday on his Twitter page that he received an offer from Albany State University.


“Blessed to reciever (sic) my first HBCU offer to play at Albany State University!” he said in the Tweet.

Albany State University is located in Albany, Ga., and plays in NCAA Division II.

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Stokes also retweeted a Tweet from Andrew Ivins of 247Sports.com that talked about his offer from Albany State and also mentioned that Stokes would be visiting the University of West Florida this week.

Stokes said in the retweet, “Imma find my home.”

In the video that originally led to Stokes having his UF scholarship revoked, Stokes can be seen in a car and heard saying “welcome back,” followed by the slur, Sports Illustrated reports.

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Here is Stokes’ full statement about the racial slur in the video. His tweeted statement has since been taken down:

“I was in my car listening to rap music, 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 regret that. I fully accept the consequences for my actions and I respect the University of Florida’s decision to withdraw my scholarship offer to play football. My intention was never to hurt anybody and I recognize that even when going along with a song, my words still carry a lot of weight. I will strive to be better and to become the best version of myself both on and off the field. I know that learning from my mistakes is a first important step.”

According to 247 Sports, Stokes is a four-star recruit who was previously committed to Penn State before committing to Florida.

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