A top H.S. quarterback recruit’s use of the n-word will not spell the end of his football career … so says ex-NFL star Jamal Anderson, who tells TMZ Sports he’s confident the teen will get another scholarship offer.
Marcus Stokes — a four-star athlete from Allen D. Nease High School in Florida — had his full ride to the Univ. of Florida pulled on Sunday … after he posted a video of himself rapping the n-word in his car.
He apologized for it all, calling it “hurtful and offensive to many people” — but some have wondered if it, and the Gators’ subsequent punishment for it, would mean he’d no longer have a chance to play college ball anymore.
When we got Anderson out at LAX this week, he told us he’s sure another school will give him another shot … saying, “Man, he’s a kid still.”
“You’ve got to have time to grow and make mistakes and learn and make amends for the mistakes that you make,” the former Atlanta Falcons running back said. “So, I wish him all the best and I hope that it all works out for him.”
Anderson tells us Stokes’ coaches, teammates, friends and peers will help him rebound from it all … explaining if those around him continue to report he had no racist intentions with his actions, it’ll be easier to forgive.
“When you look at the reports of the people that actually know him,” Anderson said, “The people that are actually around him, there’s nothing like that.”
Stokes had received 14 scholarship offers throughout his H.S. career, including ones from Virginia Tech, Penn State and Pittsburgh. It’s still unclear if those offers stand.