In recent days America has been introduced to Cordell Broadus, the 14-year-old son of rapper Snoop Dogg who suddenly received a football scholarship to UCLA despite spending his first year at Diamond Bar (Calif.) High on the school's freshman team.
Now it has come to light that UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. really did offer Broadus a scholarship based on his athletic promise alone, because according to Broadus' coach, Mora Jr. didn't even realize Broadus was Snoop Dogg's son before offering him a college package.
In an interview with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Diamond Bar head football coach Ryan Maine insisted that Broadus' first college scholarship offer came as the result of his own hard work, not any trickle-down fame from his father.
"Jim Mora called me on Sunday to tell me why he offered him and he said he didn't find out until after that he was Snoop's son," Maine told the Daily Bulletin. "He said he liked his competitive nature, his size and his frame, especially for him only being a sophomore."
Still, while Maine insisted that Broadus is one of the most talented young receivers in Diamond Bar school history, he also sounded a note of curiosity about the fact that he had received a scholarship offer so early in the process.
"I was surprised he got an offer this early," Maine said. "I thought it might come after he started playing this season. He was real humble about it and didn't even want anybody to know because he didn't want anything to get blown out of proportion. He knows a lot can change in three years with coaching staffs and things like that."
No matter what changes at UCLA, if Broadus continues to improve apace, he is likely to keep getting attention from all corners of the Pac-12, with his cousin — fellow Diamond Bar wide receiver Kanya Bell — another likely focus of collegiate attention in the years ahead.
If anything, that all means it's time for prep football fans in Southern California to buckle up for plenty of Snoop exposure in the coming months and year, all facilitated by an awfully talented son.
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