Cordell Broadus needed only to hear the first portion of the question before starting into his answer.
“I want to be known as Cordell Broadus first,” the Diamond Bar High School receiver said. “I want to be known as Snoop Dogg’s son second. I want to make a name for myself.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore already is on his way to establishing a separate identity from his famous rap-star father.
If you’re looking for legitimacy, look no farther than the scholarship offer Broadus picked up this summer after attending UCLA’s football camp. Bruins head coach Jim Mora Jr., for one, never said a thing to Broadus about his father. Mora later told Diamond Bar head coach Ryan Maine he didn’t find out until after the offer Broadus was the son of the mucic icon.
“I think Cordell was hoping to play in college, but he’s so young that he didn’t really know how much of a possibility it was yet,” Maine said. “When he got that offer, I think it really caught him off guard. He actually realized ‘Hey, I have a chance to play Division I. He’s been working even harder since.”
Said Broadus, “It was definitely a wake-up call. Not that I was sleeping.”
Earning a Pac-12 scholarship offer before one’s sophomore season isn’t a claim only a select group can make. Broadus is eager to prove his worth on the field this year when he will play a prominent role in the Brahmas’ offense.
After beginning high school in the renowned football program at his father’s alma mater, Long Beach Poly, Broadus transferred to Diamond Bar during last season. He joined the freshman team and played just a handful of varsity games late in the 2011 season.
This year is expected to be his launching pad.
“I think he can be one of the best receivers we’ve ever had at this school,” Maine said. “Sometimes we have to remind ourselves he’s just a sophomore and we can’t put too much on his shoulders. We don’t want him to think he has to carry the team.”
Maine, however, has received permission from Broadus’ father to put as much on his son as necessary in order to make him better. The famous rapper usually checks in with Maine once a week for an update on the program.
The younger Broadus makes sure his voice is heard as well.
“He’s a humble kid to the point where he didn’t even want anybody to know about that scholarship offer,” Maine said “But he hates to be known as Snoop Dogg’s son. He wants his own identity outside of that.”