Oct 31, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT
Previously on Off the Bench, we featured a story about P Diddy’s son getting recruited to play division one football and ultimately ending up at UCLA.
Well, it appears that another famous rapper’s offspring is also making the push to play division one college football. 15-year-old Cordel Broadus is the son of legendary rapper Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion for his latest album) and made quite a name for himself as a 6’2 dual-threat high school football player at Diamond Bar High School in Southern California.
On the season, Broadus playing wide receiver has caught 26 passes along with being a key member of Diamond Bar’s defense and a return man on special teams.
While some might think he’s only getting the publicity from places like Florida State and scholarship offers from Duke and UCLA because of his famous father, Cordel believes his talent has coaches noticing:
“I hear what people say about me, yes,” Broadus said. “But I don’t let it bother me. It’s not worth it. I can’t control what the public talks about. If they only look at me as Snoop’s son, and not Cordell Broadus, that’s cool with me. They will learn about me though. I’m my own man.”
“I’m ready to compete,” Broadus said. “There’s no quit in me. I think schools like UCLA and Duke, some others too, they see what kind of player I can be at the next level. The extra work is starting to pay off. Still, I have to go harder now. You have to be humble and hungry.”
Since Snoop coached him in Pee-Wee football, it isn’t too surprising to see his son have this level of success but Cordell’s drive for the game wasn’t always apparent:
“I used to bribe him with money because he wasn’t really into the game,” Snoop said. “Now that he’s on his way to being a stud, I want my money back.”
At the end of the day, Snoop speaks like a proud father who believes his son has a shot at the NFL:
Over the next couple years, Cordell is going to be stronger and faster,” his dad said. “He works hard at his craft. His mentality is to play at the next level and I think he’ll be prepared. He will be ready for the jump because he has good people always looking out for him.
“You don’t get someone like UCLA coach Jim Mora, with an NFL pedigree, saying that they want you to play football for him if you’re not doing something right out there on the field. The way it looks right now, Cordell is going to get a free-ride to play college ball. After that, playing on Sundays as a pro is one of his dreams and I’m going to do whatever it takes to help him get there.”
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