Cordell Broadus, the son of famed West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg, has been offered a football scholarship to UCLA.
While Broadus doesn't graduate until 2015, his California high school, Diamond Bar, confirmed the offer on Twitter by saying, Cordell Broadus (2015) received his first offer from UCLA. The offer is the first one to be thrown Broadus's way.
The 6-foot-2, 185 pound, wide receiver and defensive back has just finished his freshman year at Diamond Bar High School. If Broadus ends up choosing to become a Bruin, he will be joining Justin Combs, son of famed East Coast rapper/entrepreneur P. Diddy.
Combs has already committed to join the Los Angeles school, which offered him a $54,000 athletic scholarship. While P. Diddy's son is set to start at UCLA in the fall of 2012, the school has taken much heat because of the well-publicized scholarship offer.
Many analysts have argued the scholarship should have gone to a student athlete more in need of financial assistance than a music and fashion mogul's son. In response, the school has released a statement that scholarships are awarded to the student athletes who are most qualified based on their athletic ability and that financial status is not considered.
Unlike need-based scholarships, athletic scholarships are awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability -- not their financial need, the statement read. Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds. Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters.
But even face of harsh criticism, Combs reportedly earned every bit of the offer while attending Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y.
According to ESPN, the three-star recruit had a slew of options to choose from as he received offers from Iowa, Virginia and Illinois before eventually deciding on UCLA.
Combs helped lead the Iona Prep Gaels to the semifinals of the Catholic High School Athletic Association Class AA playoffs last season, primarily playing cornerback but also quarterbacking at times. ESPN is reporting the son of Sean Combs did all of the above and still managed to graduate with a 3.75 GPA.
P. Diddy, whose net worth is estimated to be around $550 million as of April 2012, was extremely proud of Justin for his decision to pursue a football career at UCLA.
As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life, Combs said then in a statement released by DKC Public Relations. This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about. Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream.