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Why did Florida withdraw quarterback Marcus Stokes’ scholarship offer and why did Albany State offer one?

A strange situation has arisen in college football. On the one hand, we have a player who allegedly engaged in racist behavior and was subsequently punished for it. On the other hand, we have another school that wants to give him a chance, which begs the question, ‘If I’m willing to work with you, does that automatically mean I support what you seem to stand for? ‘

Florida said no to Marcus Stokes, but Albany State says yes

In case you missed it, four-star Marcus Stokes picked up an offer last year from the University of Florida. It’s cool isn’t it? But what’s not cool is the fact that last November the school withdrew his scholarship after a video circulated in which Stokes appears to be singing a song with lyrics that contain the N-word. To be clear, Stokes’ actions were less than desirable to say the least, but is the situation that black and white? No matter where you stand, other schools don’t seem to think so. According to reports, Stokes has since received an offer from HBCU program Albany State.

It should be mentioned that Stokes, who committed to the Gators last July, actually apologized for his actions and even added that he understood Florida’s decision. “I deeply apologize for the words in the song that I chose to say,” part of Stokes’ statement read at the time. “…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.” Of course, the damage was already done when the vast majority of teams ended their interest in Stokes, but as mentioned above, it wasn’t all of them. Albany state is a Division II HBCU program.

A little about Marcus Stokes and what awaits him

With his future now seemingly set, Stokes took to social media to share the news a tweet who labeled the new Albany State head coach, Quinn Gray – who is African American. Incidentally, Gray, who was a sensational player for Florida A&M, also played for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. As fate would have it, Gray previously worked as an offensive analyst at another school that originally tried to recruit Stokes, Memphis. As for the signal caller himself, Stokes is reportedly the No. 24 quarterback in the 2023 signing class, which isn’t bad. The question now is, will this apparent lack of judgment follow him into the future, or will he demonstrate that it was just a mistake and not an indication of his character?

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