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UCLA football: Diddy grabs spotlight at Bruins practice

August 17, 2011 | 12:16 pm

Combs1This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

A visitor to UCLA’s football practice created a stir Wednesday morning.

A high-end recruit? No, rapper and music producer Sean “Diddy” Combs.

Justin Combs, his son, is a cornerback from New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep. He has been offered scholarships by Illinois, Virginia, Wyoming, Middle Tennessee and Alabama-Birmingham.

Diddy’s presence reduced other notable visitors -- former UCLA and current NBA players Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook and Baron Davis -- to entourage status.

Bruins players rushed to pose in photos with Combs.

“He’s a mogul, you have to be in that photo,” wide receiver Josh Smith said.

Smith, who came to UCLA in part to break into the music industry, passed on giving Combs a demo.

“That’s not what he’s here for,” Smith said, laughing.

For the record, 1:23 p.m. Aug. 17: A previous version of this post referred to Russell Westbrook as Michael Westbrook. (Thanks to reader Marek Brauck Helstrom for pointing out the error.)


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Photo: Sean "Diddy" Combs. Credit: Dan Steinberg / Associated Press