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Thursday, April 18, 2013
USC offers local 2015 WR

By Blair Angulo

USC continued its local tour on Thursday, offering a scholarship to a fast-rising receiver on the fourth day of the spring evaluation period.

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly defensive back Iman Marshall was the first Class of 2015 prospect to receive good news this month when the Trojans offered. The Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive pair of Rasheem Green and John Houston Jr. was next.

On Thursday, it was Diamond Bar (Calif.) receiver Cordell Broadus’ turn.

“It’s real big,” Broadus said. “USC has a great education up there. It’s a private school, so that’s great. It’s a school I’ve always been dreaming of having the opportunity to attend. The dream came true.”

Broadus, the son of world-famous rapper Snoop Dogg, was called into his coach’s office, where USC coach Lane Kiffin was waiting on the phone. Kiffin then delivered the news.

“Wow, I was shocked,” Broadus said. “That was my reaction. Actually, I had just taken a test in history class, the state testing. So I come up here to the office and coach (Ryan) Maine is on the phone with Lane Kiffin. Coach Maine passed me the phone and, man, I didn’t see it coming at all. They like my size and the way I can move. They like my character. I’m a good leader. ... But, to be honest, I didn’t see any of this coming. It’s just happening to me.”

Trojans assistant coach James Cregg attended Diamond Bar’s practice on Wednesday night, which proved to be convincing enough.

Though his father is a renowned USC football supporter, the 2015 receiver said it has no influence on him. He's in no rush to make a decision.

“This will mean a lot to him, but this just isn’t for him. He just wants to see me happy at the end of the day,” Broadus said. “I’m just sitting back right now. I have two years left so I’m not really worried about it. I want to keep my grades up and do the right things so I can keep getting these offers.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound wideout also has offers from California, Duke, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington. He intends to camp at Clemson and Oklahoma this summer.

“What really stands out to me about USC is the fan base, but also the way they play,” Broadus said. “I love how they throw the ball so much to Marqise Lee. The receivers get so much shine and are leaders at the same time.”