The secret to comedy is timing and the secret to college football is recruiting. Want to build an elite program? Win over moms and dads in the living room. First year UCLA head coach Jim Mora has already turned heads with an impressive 2012 class. The 2013 class is shaping up nicely with two four star commits, but Mora has eyed a certain receiver out of Diamond Bar, California that has West Coast in his blood. Literally. According to CBS Sports, Mora’s most recent scholarship offer has gone to rapper Snoop Dogg’s son, unbeknownst to the head coach.
Just how successful Mora will be at turning around the UCLA program remains to be seen, but what can be ascertained is that Mora has an eye for the offspring of famous hip-hop artists. It was just this past February that many Golden State taxpayers took issue with P-Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, receiving a scholarship offer that could have otherwise gone to a less affluent talent.
As a rookie head coach Mora is clearly leaning on his staff to guide him through the details of the recruiting process. If Mora was truly unaware that his latest prospect was the child of arguably the most notorious rap artist west of the Mississippi, then he can be forgiven for using a merit-based approach. Combs is deservedly a PAC-12 talent. Broadus is still fairly young as he has only one year of high school under his belt. Just how deserved he is of a big time offer despite his 6’2″ frame is a question mark.
Is there an underlying motive to nab the son’s of celebrities? Is the extra attention worth a player who’s name recognition might be more valuable than on-field performance? If Broadus can play the answer to both is who cares and yes.
So far, Mora has proven that he can lure talented players to his program regardless of bloodline. After all, it is the wins that will allow the new coach to keep his gig in Pasadena. Bruin’s fans could care less about what parent is on the sideline so long as the son is making plays between the lines. Oh, and beating USC this November 17 would be nice as well.