Cordell Broadus, the son of hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg, is making quite a name for himself on the gridiron as a sought-after wide receiver in the Class of 2015. The pride of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas is a 4-star recruit, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, and has narrowed down his list of potential colleges to five.
"Right now my top five would probably have to be UCLA, USC, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Florida State," said Broadus.
A lot can change between now and national signing day on Feb. 4, 2015, but the Bruins have the apparent edge thanks to some of their other recruiting work. Josh Rosen, a 5-star quarterback prospect who is rated the No. 1 pro-style QB by 247Sports' composite rankings and is committed to UCLA, is close friends with Broadus, who alluded to the pair's relationship and rapport in speaking with Rivals.com (via Taylor).
"It’s really big...Me and Josh have known each other since eighth grade and that’s a lot of chemistry right there," Broadus said. "As great of a player as Josh Rosen is I can complement his game and coming in there as his No. 1 receiver that could be big."
Already filled out nicely at 6'2" and 195 pounds, there is still another full season of high school football to be played for Broadus to bolster his resume with a stellar senior season. Broadus' skill set is evaluated on a scale of one to 10 on his 247Sports profile, which assesses his route-running—considered his greatest strength—at a nine.
Fox Sports' Greg Biggins praised Broadus after observing him in action recently:
Being able to run routes so well at such a young age projects well for Broadus as he makes the transition to college—wherever that may be. Precision and perfection in terms of getting in and out of breaks smoothly can make up for any lack of top-end speed, but Broadus has room to improve in that regard, too.
What stands out about Broadus on tape is his ability to catch the ball with his hands, rather than letting it come into his body, along with his physicality, lateral quickness and agility. Broadus is a capable stalk blocker on the edge and his knack for making defenders miss makes him dangerous after the catch.
Deciding where to attend college is such a big decision for a young man to make, so it's highly likely that Broadus' preference will change, with his top five schools bound to fluctuate in the next year or so. However, the connection with Rosen is a key component that UCLA should do its best to capitalize on.
One big advantage for the Bruins as they make their pitch is the success of current signal-caller Brett Hundley, who figures to be a top prospect in the 2015 NFL draft. With head coach Jim Mora and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone's successful track record working with quarterbacks, Rosen should be positioned to thrive, and his cause would be aided even further by a precociously polished prospect in Broadus to throw to.
Mora has done a great job of recruiting and producing results in his two years at UCLA, but the race to lock up Broadus is far from over. Rival USC should continue landing strong talent under new coach Steve Sarkisian, while traditional powerhouse Notre Dame could be an attractive landing spot for Broadus with Brian Kelly and his innovative offensive mind at the helm.
In addition to Oregon State remaining as a dark horse, there's also Florida State, the reigning national champion whose recent prowess should only continue to attract the best recruits.
Broadus has plenty of time to make his difficult decision. The good news is that there won't be a shortage of excellent options to choose from.