If it was acceptable for any kid to be a bit cocky, it’d probably be a superstar high school football player with a megastar father, but not Cordell Broadus.
The 2015 California receiver already has major scholarship offers from schools like USC, UCLA, LSU, Tennessee and, most recently, Notre Dame. He’s also the son of rapper Snoop Dogg, but Broadus doesn’t act like he’s special, even if he is.
“He is an amazing young man,” Diamond Bar High School head coach Ryan Maine said. “He’s very humble, very respectful. His mom does a very good job staying on his grades. If he ever gets in trouble at school or his grades get low, he gets his cell phone taken away, he’s got to do chores at home. It’s not what you think. He’s a very humble, nice kid and is a great teammate.”
Maine recalls himself and the school’s defensive coordinator cleaning up the field in 100-degree heat this summer and all of a sudden, there was Broadus with bottles of Gatorade.
“We’re just saying, ‘This kid has everything in the world and he’s bringing Gatorade to teammates and coaches,’” Maine said. “He doesn’t have to be that nice, but he’s a real good kid who cares about others.”
Broadus has earned all of the attention he’s received from colleges to this point and hasn’t relied on being Snoop’s son for recognition on the field.
“You just watch his film and you don’t have to worry about the name of being Snoop’s son,” Maine said. “He’s very physical, genetically gifted. He’s definitely going to be a good college player because of his size. He has strong hands, runs routes very clean. I think his biggest strength, which a lot of people don’t see, is being a very good run blocker, he’s very physical. He’s definitely built for college right now at age 16.”
Broadus is just under 6-3 and 190 pounds right now, but is still growing and figures to be a prototypical outside receiver prospect at the next level.
“I think by the time he gets to college, he’ll be 6-3 and we’re hoping to get him up to 200,” Maine said. “I think he’ll be a real dominant outside receiver.”
Broadus was a bit stunned to learn Notre Dame was offering a scholarship on Thursday.
“It was pretty cool,” Maine said. “When he heard about the offer, he looked at me and said, ‘This is pretty big, huh?’ I said, ‘Notre Dame is one of the most historical, successful, best and prestigious programs in college football history Cordell, I hope you realize that.’ He said, ‘Wow, that’s awesome Coach.’ He was pretty excited.”
He’s hoping to get to South Bend at some point in the future.
“I think eventually he wants to take a trip out there, either an unofficial with his family or an official,” his coach said. “I’m not sure, maybe sometime in the offseason. We encouraged him to go out there and see the history of Notre Dame football.”
Broadus doesn’t have any favorites at this point.
“He said, ‘So much can change in a year from now, I’m just trying to soak it in,’” said Maine. “He’s real focused on our season right now. He’s made no favorites yet and I promise you that. Everything is wide open and he’s giving everybody an open chance.”