USC is Snoop Dogg's turf. Anyone who has watched Trojan football games in recent years knows that his allegiance is locked in with the private half of L.A.'s intracity collegiate rivalry. Now UCLA may be landing a rap mogul backer of its own, with Sean "Diddy" Combs' son, Justin Combs, receiving an official scholarship offer to play football for the Bruins.
The news of the younger Combs' scholarship offer was first reported by Rivals.com and quickly confirmed by the Los Angeles Times and other sources across the Internet. The scholarship offer follows a much ballyhooed (and tweeted) visit to the Westwood campus by the elder, more famous Combs last week.
Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love, a former UCLA star who has returned to campus to take classes during the ongoing NBA lockout, snapped the picture you see here, in which Diddy was visiting a UCLA class with his son. Other notable former UCLA stars were also in attendance in the class, including Baron Davis and Russell Westbrook.
According to a later tweet from UCLA linebacker Aramide Olaniyan, the Combses, Westbrook, Love and former Olympic sprinter Maurice Green all attended UCLA's football practice, making the Bruins workout a star-studded event more akin to USC practices under Pete Carroll.
Whether or not the younger Combs accepts UCLA's offer remains to be seen. Justin Combs has already taken a visit to Illinois, where he said he was impressed with the school's facilities and the speed and intensity of the Illini's workout. Combs has also received significant recruiting attention from Iowa and a host of mid-major programs, with Wyoming and Middle Tennessee State prominent among them.
No matter where he eventually chooses to attend, Combs has another year of hard work ahead of him at Iona (N.Y.) Prep before he heads off to college, with another season of opportunities to prove that he is a legitimate threat to provide major contributions as a defensive back at the next level.
"I'm very explosive and I'm a hard worker," Combs told OrangeandBlueNews.com when he visited Champlain. "I had a couple of returns for touchdowns. I play slot receiver and wildcat quarterback.
"I'm just trying to make a name for myself and do this on my own. At the end of the day I'm working hard in practice and earning the respect and having the coaches see me."