On the heels of UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel getting fired -- UCLA has a new recruit to get excited about -- Justin Combs, son of hip-hop mogul and entrepreneur Diddy.
The 5'9", 175-pound cornerback hails from Iona Prep in New Rochelle, New York, reports NBC LA. After securing a full Division I scholarship in April 2011, Combs has generated a lot of recruitment buzz. Over the summer, Combs told Scout.com that his coach “had been contacted by Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas State and they were interested. UCLA, Arizona State and also Cincinnati said they were going to get back with me this week, so this is a big week for me."
Looks like UCLA did get back to him, and clearly made an impression. "It was love at first sight," he said. "I'm committed to UCLA -- I was silently committed to UCLA for awhile, but now was the time." reports Scout.com.
Diddy even announced that "This is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want in his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do," reports the Los Angeles Times.
But, if you think the celeb-offspring got the gig from off his dad's name, think again. "His work ethic is tremendous, he is not a great football player because of his dad, it's because of all the work he puts into his game," Darla James, Assistant to Iona Prep Head Coach, told ESPN.
Fans of Justin Combs will have to wait till Summer 2012 to start charging the bleachers at UCLA. Before that, he'll still be playing for the East in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
We must admit, we're looking forward to seeing Diddy dressed in Bruin gold and blue.