The University of Florida has withdrawn its scholarship offer to a four-star high school football recruit after he was caught on video using the n-word.
On Sunday (November 21), Marcus Stokes, a quarterback for Nease High School in Florida, revealed that the Gators pulled their offer following his use of the racial slur. He had been committed to attending UF since July, TMZ reports.
"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," Stokes said in a statement on Twitter.
News of the scholarship withdrawal comes after Stokes, who is white, posted a two-second clip on social media last week, where he appeared to sing: "Welcome back, n***a."
The high school QB, who is among the top 50 players in Florida according to 24/7 Sports, also apologized for his action in his statement on Sunday.
"I was in my car listening to rap music, rapping along to the words, and posted a video of it on social media," Stokes tweeted. "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."
According to reports, Stokes has also received offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and several other schools. It's unclear where the scholarship offers now stand.
"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," Stokes continued in his statement. "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."