Update 01/31/2023 9:48am:  

Quinn Gray, head coach of the Division II HBCU program Albany State, issued a public apology after extending a scholarship offer to four-star quarterback recruit Marcus Stokes. This comes after the University of Florida rescinded its offer to Stokes after a video surfaced of him singing along to a song with the n-word. 

On Jan. 24, Stokes tweeted that he had received an offer from the Golden Rams, which led to a lot of backlash toward the HBCU online. Days later, Gray released his public apology. 

"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."

Original 01/26/2023 1:47am:

According to reports, blue-chip high school recruit Marcus Stokes made headlines after it was revealed that he lost his scholarship to the University of Florida after the school discovered footage of him using the N-word. 

The decision made by the University of Florida to revoke his scholarship offer led to several other Power 5 conference schools rescinding offers as well. But in a strange twist, Stokes finds himself fielding a scholarship offer from Albany State University which is a prominent Historically Black College/University. 

Stokes receiving an offer from an HBCU has left more questions than answers as many wonder why Albany State would offer a scholarship to a now-controversial white student-athlete. 

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