Florida withdraws scholarship offer for 2023 4-star QB after he rapped the N-word on video
The rollercoaster on the recruiting trail has continued for the Florida Gators.
The team recently parted ways with 2023 4-star quarterback Marcus Stokes after he rapped the N-word in a video he posted to social media. Stokes released a statement via Twitter on the incident on Sunday morning.
“I was in my car listening to rap music, rapping along to the words and posted a video of it on social media,” he said in the tweet. “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.
— Marcus “JOKER” Stokes?? (@marcusstokes06) November 20, 2022
Stokes currently ranks as the No. 23 quarterback nationally in the 247Sports Composite, also the No. 77 prospect in the state of Florida and the No. 392 prospect in the nation.
He holds offers from a number of programs, including Penn State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern and Georgia State.