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Wed Jan 25, 2023, 07:11 PM

Ebony and Irony: QB who lost scholarship for using N-word on video finally earns offer... from HBCU

As Signing Day approaches, Nease High’s disgraced quarterback Marcus Stokes has a second chance at fulfilling his college football aspirations. After a senior season in which Stokes gained 2,672 yards, rushed for 496 yards, and scored 28 touchdowns, the four-star passer (or 3-star, depending on where you look) accepted an offer from Billy Napier’s Florida Gators. Then, at the tail end of the year, the knucklehead fumbled the ball in the most teenage way possible by singing the N-word on social media, which resulted in Florida pulling his offer.

Props to Florida for that. We can’t have outside parties thinking crooning the N-word is a loophole. The Gators were the best possible offer for Stokes who attends the same school Tebow made famous in the mid-2000s, but he’s not a Tebow-level talent. Based on the visits he’d made, he’s potentially a solid pickup for a Group of 5 program, and a steal for an FCS program. Stokes has offers from other Division I schools, but his most interesting option may be from Division II Albany State.

According to Stokes, the Golden Rams coach visited Nease on Wednesday and his father sounds confused. “It’s very unique. Very interesting,” Marcus’ father told 247 Sports over the phone. “We didn’t expect this at all.”

An HBCU school in Georgia offering redemption to a white high school quarterback from Florida sounds like the plot of a Tyler Perry movie, but let’s not give him any ideas. Stokes sounded open to the move, but he also may be doing his own PR. Most schools have been hesitant to offer Stokes since his social media slip-up and Albany State’s coach offering feels like Al Sharpton inviting embattled figures to Sylvia’s on 125th for a photo-op.


Think he'll take it? Nah....he'll ride the bench somewhere else.

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