Albany State walks back scholarship offer to former Florida QB commit
The recruitment of Marcus Stokes has seen another twist.
Earlier this week, the former Florida quarterback commit received a new offer from Albany State University, a HBCU in Georgia. This came after his Florida offer was revoked by the university after he was seen on video rapping the N-word. After Stokes received the Albany State offer, he’s since received an offer from Alabama A&M.
HBCU Gameday reported that new Albany State head football coach Quinn Gray is walking back the offer he issued to Stokes. Gray, who was introduced as head coach earlier this week, was apparently reprimanded by the school’s president Marion Ross Fedrick for the offer.
Here is an apology from Gray:
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.