Even before playing a down with the Bruins, the son of rapper Snoop Dogg has quit the UCLA football team. Cordell Broadus, a four-star recruit from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, will focus on film studies.
Broadus, a wide receiver described as being one of the nation’s most highly sought players, skipped the first week of Bruins fall camp.
“Cordell informed me yesterday that he has decided to pursue other passions in his life, in particular his love of film through his company Filmschool Productions,” coach Jim Mora said Friday. “Cordell is an amazing young man with many talents, and we wish him nothing but the best as he continues to pursue his degree at UCLA.”
Having been admitted to UCLA and attended its summer session, he’ll be able to remain enrolled.
Broadus, a 6-2, 200-pound incoming freshman, was a first-team USA Today All-California pick and one of the top 40 recruits in California, according to his UCLA bio.
He attended UCLA’s summer session, but then failed to report when the Bruins opened their fall camp in San Bernardino.
When Cordell committed to play for the Bruins in February — despite his father’s liking of USC — he said: “I feel that UCLA is the best fit for me. I had the offer since my nine-grade year, so I had a great connection with the coaches. I just want to play in front of my family and keep ballin’ out on the field and get a great degree.”
Snoop Dogg, the rapper and actor born Calvin Broadus Jr., started a youth football league in Los Angeles in 2005.
Cordell was one of 20 players this year who came through Snoop Youth Football League system to commit to major college football programs.
UCLA’s season opener is Saturday, Sept. 5, against Virginia in Pasadena.
Former four-star Cordell Broadus chooses film over #UCLA #Bruins football http://t.co/LtFolJr0ko pic.twitter.com/o0dpaQoEZ4
— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) August 14, 2015
Cordell Broadus is leaving football to pursue film: http://t.co/aZ8crRjZTw Maybe it’s time for UCLA to stop recruiting rappers’ sons.
— Lost Lettermen (@LostLettermen) August 14, 2015
Cordell Broadus quitting UCLA just means a really rich kid with a free college ride cost some other less fortunate recruit an opportunity.
— Moreno (@Moreno) August 14, 2015