Marcus Stokes, a four-star college quarterback recruit, is no longer a part of the Florida Gators after the school stripped him of his scholarship over a video of him saying the “N” word while rapping along to a song.
Stokes, one of the best high school football prospects, is no longer a member of the Florida Gators 2023 recruiting class.
In a lengthy apology, Stokes admitted responsibility and accepted the school’s decision to rescind his scholarship, saying he now understands the impact of his words.
“I was in my car listening to rap music, rapping along to the words and posted a video of it on social media,” Stokes wrote. “I deeply apologize for the words in the song that i chose to say. it was hurtful and offensive to many people, and 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.”
Marcus Stokes still has other offers
It’s never a good thing when a young man’s future is ruined over a single moment in time, especially if they’re apologetic for their actions.
Stokes, who was committed to Florida since July, still has offers from Penn State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern and Georgia State, among other programs.
He is currently ranked as the No. 23 quarterback in the nation and could even one day join the NFL if he can get past this situation.
Student-athletes should learn from Stokes’ situation and understand that their every move will be dissected.