Monday, September 23, 2013
2015 WR Broadus off to good start
By Blair Angulo
BREA, Calif. -- With every touchdown catch, ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver Cordell Broadus (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Bar) inches closer toward establishing his own identity.
Complete disassociation is not the objective for Broadus, who in the recruiting world is often referred to as the son of world-famous rapper Snoop Dogg, but the 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect would rather gain recognition for his on-field achievements.
This fall, he is doing just that.
Broadus caught three touchdowns and recovered a fumble last week in a blowout victory against Brea Olinda. The four-star receiver is averaging more than 10 yards per catch through four games despite the elevated attention from opponents.
“I’m just trying to be as helpful and productive as I can to get my team into the playoffs so we can get Antonio Hull back in there,” Broadus said.
Hull, a 2015 athlete and former standout in the renowned Snoop Youth Football League, was declared ineligible over the summer by the CIF Southern Section after transferring to Diamond Bar from league rival West Covina. Broadus then lost another of his sidekicks when ESPN Junior 300 receiver Kanya Bell, who already holds scholarship offers from the likes of USC, UCLA and Washington, suffered a season-ending knee injury.
“It’s sad, but we’ve got to keep moving forward,” Broadus said. “We’ve got to be supportive of him. When I see him at school, I give him a hug and talk to him. We’ve just got to talk to each other and get past that. It’s a sad thing.”
The leadership qualities have begun to surface as his comfort level has grown. Broadus, who transferred from powerhouse Long Beach Poly following his freshman season, has seen his recruitment pick up steadily over the past calendar year. He landed a coveted USC offer in April and said the Trojans have come at him the hardest since spring.
Though he attended the Trojans’ loss against Washington State at the Coliseum and visited the Rose Bowl this past weekend to watch UCLA, Broadus maintains he is not leaning one way or another.
“To be honest, I’m not a fan of any school,” Broadus said. “I just go there for the fun of it and to watch football with my boys Jaleel Wadood, Josh Rosen and Naijiel Hale. We just wanted to go up there and watch USC play. It was sad they lost, but they came back the next week.”
UCLA, which was the first program to offer him a scholarship, is the other local suitor. Broadus made a fashion statement Friday by wearing a pair of Bruins gloves.
“That’s a real good school and they’re doing pretty good this season,” Broadus said. “They’ve started off very nice. I like the things Jim Mora is doing over there. I don’t know; you might see me there, but I’ve still got two years to think about it.”
The No. 7 receiver in the 2015 class will have many options to consider. He already has offers from 10 schools, including Cal, LSU and Tennessee, and attention from out-of-state programs only figures to increase as his ever-important junior tape makes the rounds.
At the moment, though, none of that matters to Broadus.
“When I’m on the field, I just black out,” Broadus said. “I don’t think about anything and just have fun. That’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re out here playing football and you love it.”