Cordell Broadus, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, is leaving the UCLA football program after deciding to end his playing career this week. He's reportedly expected to remain at the school as a student.
Tracy Pierson of Scout.com reports Broadus didn't show up for the team's fall camp and didn't immediately communicate his decision to the school. Sources told Pierson the receiver started "wanting to do his own thing" at UCLA after being pushed into the football spotlight by his father.
Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports confirmed the incoming freshman's decision to stop playing football.
UCLA head coach Jim Mora provided a statement Friday, per the team's website:
Cordell informed me yesterday that he has decided to pursue other passions in his life - in particular his love of film through his company Film School Productions. Cordell is an amazing young man with many talents, and we wish him nothing but the best as he continues to pursue his degree at UCLA.
Broadus and Snoop Dogg starred in a documentary miniseries on ESPN titled Snoop & Son, which chronicled his recruitment process. He ended up choosing UCLA over several other options, including USC, his dad's favorite team.
His decision to walk away from the football field is a surprising one. He checked in as a 4-star prospect and was ranked as the No. 26 wide receiver in the class of 2015, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
An intriguing combination of size and athleticism made him a notable addition to the Bruins' incoming class. He needed a little more polish in terms of route-running before he was going to make an impact, but his long-term outlook remained promising.
The decision shouldn't have a major impact on UCLA during the 2015 campaign. The team returns its top five wideouts from last season, which would have led to a minimal role for Broadus. But it does make the position a slightly bigger need for the 2016 recruiting class.
There's always time for Broadus to make a return to football in the years ahead if he has a change of heart. As for now, however, it sounds like he's ready to go in another direction.