Wide receiver Cordell Broadus has captured plenty of national headlines throughout his recruiting process due to a combination of football skills and family background. The 4-star prospect and son of superstar rapper Snoop Dogg is in the news again after telling Rivals.com reporter Adam Gorney (subscription required) he's assembled a list of his five favorite programs.
Broadus, rated No. 7 nationally among receivers in 247Sports' composite ratings, revealed USC, Notre Dame, Florida State, UCLA and Oregon State as squads that stand above the rest. The 6'2", 195-pound prospect left several notable offers out of his preferred mix, including Cal, LSU, Tennessee and Baylor.
He is set to hit a crucial stretch of his widespread recruitment while acclimating to new surroundings. He recently transferred from Diamond Bar High School in Los Angeles County to Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman.
His high school career will conclude with a program that perennially contends for state titles and appears in national rankings. Broadus joins forces with Aliz'e Jones, the country's top-ranked tight end, to form a feared aerial attack.
He caught 60 passes for 685 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.
Now that Broadus has begun to trim down his collegiate options, we focus on the five teams that sit atop his list to examine which situation is the best fit for the son of a hip-hop icon.
Let's get this fact out in the open: Snoop Dogg ranks among the Trojans' most recognizable fans.
Will Ferrell may give him a run for his money, but it's close.
With that said, there's been no public indication that he is pushing his son toward USC. It's also important to note that teenagers often do the opposite of what their parents desire, and we see that sentiment reinforced during every recruiting cycle.
“I feel that he should have been fired a while ago," Broadus said. "USC is going to raise the bar now because the new coaching staff next year and I’m anxious to see what they are going to look like.”
The Trojans finished 2013 in impressive fashion, rebounding from a disheartening start. Since the hiring of former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, recruiting efforts have also been on the upswing.
California quarterback Ricky Town became the centerpiece of USC's 2015 class in January, when he flipped his commitment from Alabama. The 5-star prospect is rated the nation's No. 2 passer in 247Sports' composite rankings (we'll discuss No. 1 in a bit).
The Trojans already feature a quality corps of quarterbacks, but Town is capable of competing for the starting job as a freshman. USC aims to add top-tier recruits at offensive skill positions, where the team has suffered an erosion of talent level while coping with scholarship sanctions.
Sarkisian landed 5-star athlete John Smith on signing day, who will likely be given an opportunity to immediately contribute at receiver, a position on the Trojans with plenty of unknown commodities. Broadus would also have an excellent chance to crack the lineup early if he pairs up with Town at USC.
When it comes to "cool factor," the Seminoles take the cake in recruiting. Florida State is fresh off an undefeated season, features the most familiar player in college football and sends several standouts into the upcoming NFL draft.
The Seminoles are set to lose more offensive talent following the 2014 season, with Jameis Winston among the candidates who are expected leave campus early. However, help is already on the way to replenish head coach Jimbo Fisher's roster.
Florida State welcomes outstanding reinforcements at receiver this summer.
Both pass targets are rated among the top six receivers in the 2014 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. Broadus would add even more balance to Florida State's passing game, but reps might not be as plentiful with the Seminoles than they will be with other squads.
It remains to be seen if Florida State has a true star prospect positioned behind Winston to take over when the Heisman Trophy winner departs. The Seminoles secured a 2015 commitment from 3-star Jacksonville quarterback De'Andre Johnson before his sophomore season, but other teams on Broadus' list have young passers who are held in higher regard.
The Bruins present another opportunity for Broadus to pair up with one of America's premier passers for multiple seasons. UCLA landed 5-star Southern California quarterback Josh Rosen last month, which strengthens Jim Mora's sales pitch with every offensive recruiting target.
Broadus quickly took notice of the Bruins' big acquisition. He has personal history with the nation's top-ranked quarterback.
"It’s really big...Me and Josh have known each other since eighth grade and that’s a lot of chemistry right there," Broadus told Rivals.com. "As great of a player as Josh Rosen is I can complement his game and coming in there as his No. 1 receiver that could be big."
Head coach Jim Mora will attempt to capitalize on that chemistry and create a scary scenario for Pac-12 defensive backs in coming years. However, Rosen isn't Broadus' only connection to UCLA's 2015 class.
In his senior season, he will run routes alongside Bruins tight end commit Aliz'e Jones, who could convince him to pair up again at the next level.
The Fighting Irish also feature an impressive California quarterback commit. Corona native Blake Barnett, rated No. 3 nationally among pro-style passers in 247Sports' composite rankings, pledged to head coach Brian Kelly last fall.
Broadus picked up an offer from Notre Dame in October, which provided another news-worthy moment in his high-profile recruitment. The program has a proud tradition at receiver in recent years, with plenty of current NFL pass-catchers to prove it.
Notre Dame added a commitment from 3-star Texas receiver Jalen Guyton last weekend and should look to add at least another two players at the position before signing day. Broadus has the makings of a possession receiver for the Fighting Irish, with the abilities to develop into a red-zone mainstay.
Though it may not play a role in his decision, he must consider the climate change that would await him in South Bend. Long winters can be a culture shock for recruits from consistently warm regions, and any element of campus lifestyle may emerge as a factor in his decision.
The Beavers round out Broadus' preferred Pac-12 programs. Oregon State isn't on the national stage nearly as often as the other four teams on this list, but perhaps that doesn't matter for a young man who spent his entire childhood in the limelight.
The team features an explosive offensive attack that produced at a high level through the air last season. Junior Brandin Cooks caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns before entering the NFL draft.
Broadus' presence is in high demand at Oregon State, which is in need of depth and top-level talent at receiver. The team added a trio of 3-star prospects at the position on signing day, but none is in the mold of a playmaker like Broadus.
The Beavers' best selling point is a strong promise of early playing time. Still, it's hard to see Broadus competing in the Pac-12 for a college outside of California.
Where will 4-star WR Cordell Broadus play college football?
It comes down to another turf war between USC and UCLA. Both programs appear to have outstanding offensive prospects for the future with elite quarterbacks orchestrating the attack.
Broadus grew up in an area where both the Bruins and Trojans are adored. His decision may come down to established personal relationships with those involved.
USC's coaching change helped the team gain ground in this race, but Mora was involved with the recruitment as early as Kiffin's staff. It would also be unwise to overlook Broadus' connection with members of the current UCLA class.
Rosen is a player he obviously respects and views in high regard, while Jones is now a high school teammate. The prospect of hooking up with those two for years to come pushes UCLA to the forefront as a favorite to sign Broadus.
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