Talk back: Snoop Dogg's son offered UCLA football scholarship
June 27, 2012 | 11:05
It appears UCLA could soon have quite the star-studded football roster.
Cordell Broadus, a sophomore wide receiver at Diamond Bar High School and son of rapper Snoop Dogg, received his first scholarship offer from UCLA Coach Jim Mora, the high school announced Monday via Twitter.
University officials declined to comment on the reported offer, saying NCAA rules prohibited them from talking about the status of recruits, but Diamond Bar Coach Ryan Maine told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Mora called him Sunday with the news.
“He said he didn’t find out until after that he was Snoop’s son,” Maine told the newspaper. “He said he liked his competitive nature, his size and his frame, especially for him only being a sophomore.”
The report comes a month after another music mogul’s son — Justin Combs, the 18-year-old son of hip-hop’s Sean “Diddy” Combs — made headlines for accepting a scholarship to play football at UCLA this fall. After news spread that Combs had accepted the $54,000 offer from the cash-strapped school, some wondered whether he should return it.
University officials stressed that merit-based athletic scholarships did not affect need-based scholarships awarded to other students because they are funded through different means.
A 14-year-old with three years left of high school, Broadus has plenty of time to make up his mind about college football, but some commenters already wondered whether his offer would create a similar discussion.
“I can’t wait to see all the posts from all the snivelers complaining about the fact that Snoop Jr. will be going to school on the state’s nickel,” reader djack80 wrote.
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Photo: Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, coaches his son Cordell at a 2005 practice for the Snoop Youth Football League, the rapper's nonprofit organization. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times