Cordell Broadus is being hyped as a very good high school football player, and none of that has to do with the fact that he's the son of legendary rapper Snoop Dogg.
He's only a sophomore, but he's already garnered enough attention to snag offers from Duke and UCLA, and according to a great feature by Sean Ceglinsky of MaxPreps.com, the mighty Florida State Seminoles have shown some interest in Snoop's son.
The very fact that the Seminoles are already showing interest in the 2015 prospect goes to show you that he is indeed the real deal. Famous father or not, he's not going to get the attention of elite programs as a sophomore unless he deserves it.
According to 247Sports, Broadus is a wideout who checks in at 6'2", 180 pounds, and he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, so his measurables as a sophomore definitely deserve some credit.
If he were to live up to his potential, Florida State would be incredibly smart to get an early jump on recruiting him. A lot can change between sophomore and senior seasons in high school, and maybe Broadus won't pan out, but if he does end up displaying elite football talent, FSU is going to want to be able to say that it was there, building a rapport with him from the beginning.
Elite talent will naturally attract elite programs in the recruiting process, but the fact that he is Snoop's son is going to draw more attention to him from schools that may not have otherwise taken notice, like it or not.
What does that mean?
When the time does come for Broadus to make a decision, he's going to have a lot of potential options, especially if he keeps his high level of play up. There will be a lot of suitors for his commitment, but it's the schools like UCLA, Duke and now Florida State that will have the advantage—especially a powerhouse like FSU.
FSU would have been there since the beginning of the process, which means it would have built a connection with Broadus. He'll have had time to get to know the coaching staff, and there will be a level of trust and communication there that won't exist with the schools that come later.
In Florida State's case, that will be a huge advantage, especially if it remains an elite draw in the college football world. Its name and prestige would be enough to impress an elite wideout in the first place, so this would be an added bonus.
The risk here is that Broadus doesn't live up to his potential, but then again, the reward of having the inside track for a great wide receiver is well worth the risk.
The Seminoles are making a very smart move by showing early interest in Cordell Broadus, and it has nothing to do with his famous father.