Justin Combs is the son of famed music and entertainment mogul Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. But instead of working in the music studio, “Little Diddy” is doing his business on the gridiron and is drawing interest from some high-profile college football teams.
The younger Combs will enter his senior year of high school at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, NY, this fall. He is a 5-foot-9, 175-pound cornerback who is starting to gain notice in recruiting circles for the class of 2012. Combs piqued interested by performing well at the New Level 7-on-7 national championship, where he earned All-Tournament honors.
Scout.com has reported over the past few months that Virginia, UAB, Middle Tennessee and Wyoming have offered Combs scholarships, while Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, UCLA, Arizona State and Cincinnati have shown interest. Scout reported last week that Illinois also offered Combs a scholarship, and there appears to be a very real possibility he ends up in Champaign.
“I talked to the coach at Illinois, and they told me that they were going to give me an offer,” Combs said, according to Scout. “They seemed very excited. We talked about the academics, the football team, the campus, the life there and stuff like that just so I could know a little bit about it. I am going to go out there and see the campus soon before my season.”
And don’t count out Auburn, which Combs has visited and has another reason besides playing for an SEC power to head South.
“I have family in Alabama, and I want to be closer to them,” Combs told the Birmingham News.
We’re sure that it won’t be a problem for the younger Combs to jet-set around the country while looking at schools. His father’s fame and fortune that resulted from founding Bad Boy Records in 1993, has allowed Justin Combs to live the life of a hip-hop prince.
But according to the younger Combs, being the son of Diddy isn’t always easy – at least, when it comes to earning respect on the football field.
”It’s really tough, to be honest,” Combs told the Birmingham News in April. ”It’s hard to be taken seriously at football because people think I can have anything I want.”
But if he’s like his father in this respect, the younger Combs will take what he wants. Sean Combs made his way in the music industry by being relentless. The Harlem-born Combs started as a talent director at Uptown Records and now is one of the most-recognizable names – even if he has many of them – in the world.
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