The USC Trojans have extended a scholarship offer to 2015 wide receiver Cordell Broadus, a talented recruit who just so happens to be Snoop Dogg's (Lion's?) son.
This is worth noting mostly because of the fact that Broadus is still just a rising junior. He's obviously very talented if he's garnering a scholarship from one of the most notable football universities in the country, and that bodes well for USC.
Greg Biggins of Scout.com reported the offer via his Twitter account:
According to Coach Maine at Diamond Bar (Calif.), #USC has just offered sophomore WR Cordell Broadus— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) April 18, 2013
If he's on USC's radar, other big-time programs are sure to follow soon enough.
In college football recruiting, sometimes it's not the best school that wins over a recruit but the one that shows said recruit the most attention. In today's day and age, with recruits getting better at a younger age, we're seeing offers extended earlier on in the process (as early as the summer before eighth grade). Programs are offering early in an attempt to earn the affinity of the recruit before other major schools even think about recruiting the player. Through this practice they can sell a recruit on the fact that they were interested from "day one" before a recruit's process really took off.
In some cases, being one of the first programs to offer can really set a program apart from the others when push comes to shove and a decision needs to be made.
In the case of USC, the Trojans join Duke, Oregon State and UCLA as the only programs to have offered (247Sports) Broadus so far. USC is definitely the marquee program on that list (though UCLA would like to argue), so overall, it's smart for Lane Kiffin and his staff to show that early effort before other powerhouse programs throw their proverbial hats in the ring.
I casually mention the fact that Snoop is his father out of respect to Braodus. We've seen sons of celebrities make a name for themselves before apart from the fame and fortune of their father's, and it's only fair that we as evaluators judge them on their own merits.
As a recruit, Broadus has a lot to offer. He has great size and length at 6'2'', 180 pounds and he couples that with good speed. He runs a 4.50 40 according to 247Sports.
Because of his size and speed he should be a legitimate vertical threat at the college level. He has long strides and uses his hands well to create separation, and he has the agility and athleticism to high point the ball.
What would you rank Broadus?
Broadus has quick feet and runs very smooth routes.
He's a deep threat, but he can also take a short route and turn it into extra yards because of his footwork and elusiveness. He's very good in open space and can make defenders miss, but he also displays the strength to go over the middle and make something happen in traffic. He'll be hard to take down once he gets momentum after the catch, and he should also be a very good blocker.
He may be the son of a famous rapper, but Broadus has what it takes to make a name for himself as a football player.
USC is smart to offer him early.