November 29, 2011
New Rochelle, N.Y., cornerback Justin Combs is going to UCLA. And his father, Sean "Diddy" Combs, is making sure everyone is aware.
The Combs' issued a press release Tuesday through a Manhattan-based PR firm, DKC, which might mark the first time in history a two-star recruit has issued a press release to confirm his commitment. Complete with quotes, of course:
"Today I am truly blessed and thankful to accept my scholarship and give my full commitment to UCLA. Playing Division I football was a lifelong dream of mine, and through hard work I was able to achieve it. I am a living testament that with a strong relationship with God, family, and hard work dreams do come true."
NCAA rules prohibit UCLA from commenting publicly on any prospective student-athlete, including confirmation of verbal commitments. The commitment is not binding until Combs signs a letter of intent in February.
The younger Combs might be best known for his spot on MTV's "My Super Sweet 16" which showcases rich, spoiled kids and their ostentatious 16th birthday parties. Combs opens the show by saying, "My dad is Diddy, and I'm going to take my throne as the prince of New York."
At one point, Diddy comes over to his son, who is trying on ridiculously expensive clothes, and stuffs a big wad of cash in his pocket. Combs' birthday bash is at a New York club called M2, where he's accompanied by his date, Nicky Minaj, and the affair culminates with Combs receiving a $360,000 Maybach with a personal driver. I didn't actually know what a Maybach was, but apparently it's a really, really, really nice car.
Not sure whether the Maybach and the driver also are making the trek from New York to Westwood, Calif., but it wouldn't be too shocking to see something like that at a school like UCLA.
It will be interesting to see if Combs can back up that swagger on the football field and whether he'll actually make it to UCLA. Combs' commitment came hot on the heels of the dismissal of Bruin head coach Rick Neuheisel, so it's unknown whether the new regime — whoever that turns out to be — will want to continue his recruitment. It probably wouldn't hurt to have a booster like "Diddy" in UCLA's corner.
According to BruinBlitz.com, Combs also had offers from Illinois, Virginia, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Tech, UAB and Wyoming. UAB could have used Combs' car and driver salary as a down payment on a new $75 million on-campus stadium that was recently rejected by the state board of education.
Diddy, of course, is the proud papa and said that he is proud to call Combs his son. No word on whether he shared a shot of Ciroc after the announcement.
Honestly, the thought of Diddy always brings me back to my high school days.