Over the past decade or so, the athletic programs at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) haven’t had the lustre they once did. The legendary basketball program has been up-and-down, the baseball program average at best, and the football program has been a revolving door for head coaches, with several coming and going in a short amount of time.
Maybe with the 2012 recruiting classes this will change. If nothing else, there will be plenty of “star power” walking the halls of the UCLA campus.
Two very high-profile student-athletes, Justin Combs and Devin Fuller now share two things in common: commitments to UCLA and famous relatives.
Combs– son of rapper and mogul Sean “P-Diddy” Combs– is a 5’9″, 175 pound defensive back from New Rochelle, New York, was rated by Scout.com as the 132nd best cornerback in the country. Ironically, Combs committed to the Bruins on the same day that their most recent former head coach, Rick Neuheisel, was fired. Combs figures to compete for playing time at UCLA this spring and fall and could become an influence on the Bruins’ future.
The more heralded of the two “famous” prospects, however, is 2012 commit Devin Fuller. Fuller, the nephew of comedian Sinbad, received more than 30 Division I football offers, ultimately choosing UCLA over Nebraska, Rutgers and Arizona. A 6’1″, 190 pound athlete with outstanding speed and power, Fuller projects either at quarterback– where the Bruins have struggled mightily over the past few seasons– or at defensive back, where he could theoretically pair with Combs making for one of the most valuable secondaries in the country.
Los Angeles is all about glitz and glamour and now the UCLA Bruins have a little of their own star power.
If both P-Diddy and Sinbad show up at the games, who will get the bigger reception from the crowd?