Thursday, January 17, 2013
Washington offers son of famous rapper
By Mason Kelley
Cordell Broadus, the son of Snoop Dogg, earned a scholarship offer from Washington on Wednesday.
Ryan Maine knew he had a pair of prospects -- including one who was the son of a famous rapper -- with potential.
So the coach at Diamond Bar (Calif.) High School called his former teammate at the University of San Diego, Jordan Paopao.
Maine asked Paopao, the tight ends coach at Washington, to take a look at sophomore receivers Cordell Broadus and Kanya Bell.
Paopao watched the film. He was impressed. Then Washington assistant head coach Johnny Nansen made a trip to California to watch the prospects’ highlights.
He was impressed to the point he brought Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian with him for a return trip Wednesday. Sarkisian saw enough to offer the standouts scholarships.
Maine broke the news to Broadus and Bell later that day.
“It was a cool thing when you tell your players that Coach Sark wanted to let you know he’s going to offer you guys a full-ride scholarship and just seeing their faces light up,” Maine said.
UCLA has also offered both prospects, and USC coach Lane Kiffin was at Diamond Bar Wednesday to watch film, but the Trojans have yet to extend offers.
At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Maine describes Broadus -- the son of rapper Snoop Dogg -- as a receiver in the mold of Detroit Lions star Calvin Johnson.
“Cordell is very tall, physical and very strong,” Maine said. “He’s genetically gifted.”
Maine said Bell is more like Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson.
“You give the ball to him quick, and he’ll make plays and make guys miss,” Maine said.
With two seasons of high school football left, Maine is working to help the receivers reach their potential.
“The possibilities are endless,” Maine said. “The good thing is Cordell’s dad, Coach Snoop, and the family do a good job of keeping them humble and making sure they’re striving to keep the 3.0 grade-point average that they have.
“There’s not a moment they’re going to let them slack off. I’m really excited to see what happens the next couple of years.”
While the offers will continue to come in for Broadus and Bell, the Huskies have made an early impression. The recruits know receiver John Ross (Long Beach, Calif./Jordan) -- a Washington commit -- and quarterback Troy Williams (Harbor City, Calif./Narbonne), who has already enrolled.
“Those guys say nothing but good things,” Maine said. “(Broadus and Bell) were definitely excited when they got their offers. We’ll see what happens. I know it was definitely something they were excited about.”