Calvin Broadus, a.k.a. Snoop Doog, a.k.a. Snoop Lion but then Snoop Doggy Dogg released his controversial album “Doggystyle” 20 years ago. His solo debut after appearing on several tracks of Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” was a smash hit, widely regarded among the top hip hop albums of all-time.
Snoop Dogg’s son, Cordell Broadus, could have a similar breakout star turn. The 2015 prospect from Diamond Bar (Calif.) is emerging on the recruiting scene, most recently garnering an offer from Duke.
Broadus is not the first hip hop star’s son to gain attention from college football scouts. There was a minor, and silly, uproar last year when UCLA gave a scholarship to Justin Combs. Combs’ father, Sean “Diddy” Combs, became one of the most recognizable faces of the 1990s as the founder and later star act of Bad Boy Records.
Notorious B.I.G. was the first major performer on Bad Boy, but was gunned down in 1997. The anniversary of his death was last week. B.I.G. — Christopher Wallace — feuded with one-time Snoop Dogg Death Row labelmate Tupac Shakur.
In a true sign of changing times, the sons of former East Coast-West Coast rivals could join forces on the football field; the UCLA Bruins have also offered Broadus a scholarship.
Broadus’ star is likely to continue rising. Look for more Pac-12 programs to get in on his recruitment in the next two years. Like his father emerged from being more than just Dr. Dre’s partner 20 years ago, look for Cordell Broadus to become more than “Snoop Dogg’s son.”