Wednesday, June 12, 2013
2015 WRs Broadus, Bell pack 1-2 punch
By Blair Angulo
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. -- Years ago, Cordell Broadus and Kanya Bell referred to each other as Batman and Robin.
Individually, they were difficult to contain, gaining notoriety with every dazzling touchdown in the renowned Snoop Youth Football League. Together, though, Broadus and Bell formed an unstoppable tandem that was destined for success from the start.
In their own world, Broadus was Batman -- a fitting title given the publicity that comes with being the son of Snoop Dogg -- and Bell, the lesser-known sidekick with a common last name, was Robin. They dominated Southern California fields, gliding past helpless opponents without the use of masks or capes.
Broadus and Bell have since outgrown the early comic book comparison, but they’re still a dynamic duo at Diamond Bar (Calif.) High School, where they have emerged as two of the state’s top receiver prospects in next year’s class.
“What separates them is their mindset. They have the mindset of a college player,” Diamond Bar coach Ryan Maine. “Their competitive nature is something we haven’t seen here in a while. They have a nastiness about them, even though they came in here kind of shy at first. Now they’re one.”
Broadus and Bell transferred from powerhouse Long Beach Poly to Diamond Bar, a suburban town located some 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, after their freshman years, when they played alongside notable 2015 prospects Iman Marshall and Stanley Norman, among others. Their move wasn’t necessarily a headline grabber, but Diamond Bar gained rare talent, at least by its standards. Top recruits, let alone two of the same class, aren’t often found here.
“It’s a quarterback’s dream,” said Tyler Peterson, who set school passing records as a sophomore last season. “As soon as you walk on the field and see what the other team has, you know you have the two best receivers in the area. It’s fun.”
Broadus, whose father Snoop Dogg founded the youth league Los Angeles City Section legend and current Oregon Ducks star De’Anthony Thomas made notorious, has 10 scholarships. USC, UCLA, LSU and Nebraska are the early favorites for Broadus, though he’s nowhere close to making a decision or even narrowing his list.
“I’m committing on signing day in 2015,” Broadus said, smiling. “Ten of us might gather around and all pick the same hat together.”
USC is a possible destination, as Broadus and Bell are two of seven 2015 prospects who have landed an offer from the Trojans.
“When Iman got offered, I called him and we talked for like 30 minutes,” Broadus said. “We talked about how crazy it is that we grew up together and, now, colleges want us. We always talked about this back when we were 8 years old. We talk about staying on the West Coast. I was at USC for the skills camp and sat down with the coaches in the office. I’m very interested in them. It’s a great school and I could see myself playing there, for sure.”
Bell, who has six schools on his list after adding a Trojans offer last week, originally planned to play college basketball, but is happy with his new direction. Like Broadus, Bell does not anticipate an early commitment, even if he already holds his dream offer.
“I’m not worried about any of that,” Bell said. “Right now it’s all about high school and getting everything I can. You never know; you might never make it to the college level, so you’ve got to get everything you can now.”
At 6-feet-3, Broadus is the taller, wideout type who will go up for passes in the corner of the end zone. Bell, at 6-feet, is the shifty, slot type who will beat defenders down field for big yardage. They complement each other well in the offense -- a chemistry that has been built with time.
“That’s my guy,” Bell said.
Aside from reaching a 4.0 GPA in the classroom, Broadus has a few on-field goals in mind for this upcoming fall. He hopes to double his statistical production, which means at least 70 receptions, 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. It could be difficult with another top-tier receiver on the team, but at least Peterson knows he’ll be busy.
“They’ve both been unselfish,” Maine said. “I know Cordell loves to run block more than catch touchdowns and Kanya loves laying a hard hit here and there. We haven’t dealt much with the egos and I’m don’t think we will. They know what to expect and know this whole college scene can easily be taken away from them. They know what is at stake.”
And like Batman and Robin, they figure to be stronger as a unit.
“Whatever Cordell works on, I’m working even harder,” Bell said. “I’m sure he feels the same way.”