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P. Diddy welcomed criticism of son Justin Combs accepting UCLA scholarship offer

P. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, has been committed to the UCLA football program for well over a year now. Like most other high school athletes who are recruited to play a sport in college, the cornerback received a full scholarship from the Bruins. Unlike most others, he didn’t need the full ride.

Obviously, P. Diddy has enough money to pay for his son’s college tuition. The fact that Justin accepted the scholarship has led to a great deal of criticism, but Diddy said his family has not been bothered by it.

“I wasn’t annoyed at all,” Diddy told E! News at a WWE Hurricane Sandy fundraiser on Thursday. “I kind of welcomed it, because if he’s going to be doing what he’s doing, if he’s going to be in the city of L.A., he has to be able to handle the pressure. So I thought it was a great learning tool for him to be humble, handle it and go out there and prove himself on the field and prove himself at school.”

In a certain sense, I see Diddy’s point. Everyone loves to complain about how celebrities receive special treatment, but when a celebrity’s son goes through the normal process of being recruited and accepting a scholarship offer there is outrage over that, too. Not to mention, P. Diddy said his family is setting up a scholarship fund for future students.

“We’ll be announcing our overall scholarship fund, so at the end of the day, it all works out for everybody,” he said.

My guess is UCLA will make out on the deal just fine. If all goes well, I’m sure Diddy will be writing a few generous donation checks to the program along the way and after his son leaves school.

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P. Diddy and Son Justin Combs Take Official UCLA Visit (Picture)

Cornerback Justin Combs accepted his scholarship offer to UCLA shortly after Rick Neuheisel was fired as the team’s head coach. He and his father, rapper/actor/producer P. Diddy, took an official visit to campus this weekend. Justin was tweeting about the trip all weekend, and posted the picture above. It looks like that was taken at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena where the Bruins play their home games.

Diddy never crossed me as a large person, so if he’s slumping and still much taller than his son, that’s probably not too good of a sign. Justin is listed at 5’9″ but may be smaller.

Combs will be a freshman in the fall.

P. Diddy’s Son, Justin Combs, Commits to Coachless UCLA

P. Diddy’s son, Justin Combs, committed to play cornerback for UCLA late Monday night. Scout.com reporter Brandon Huffman tweeted the news, and the timing is interesting.

Why would Combs commit to the program now, the day it’s announced Rick Neuheisel was fired? My guess is that he really likes the school and wants to play for the Bruins, regardless of their coach. So why accept his outstanding offer? Maybe he understands that few other major programs were interested in him, and maybe he knew the next coach might not want him. Why not accept the offer while he still had a chance?

We covered Combs over the summer when he performed well at a tournament, resulting in interest from several schools. However, the only schools that had reportedly offered him were Illinois, UAB, Virginia, Wyoming, UAB, Tennessee Tech, and Middle Tennessee State. If those were your options, and you wanted to play in LA, wouldn’t you commit to the Bruins even if their program were transitioning? Makes sense to me.

UPDATE: Combs told Scout.com “I was silently committed to UCLA for awhile, but now was the time.

“I have faith in the program that everything will be ok. My love for UCLA is so strong. I trust and know that everything will work out.”

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P. Diddy’s Son Justin Combs Is a Cornerback Recruit

The son of rapper/actor/producer/businessman P. Diddy is an emerging college football recruit. Justin Combs, a 5’9″ 175-pound cornerback from Iona Prep in New York, is gaining interest from colleges after performing well at a recent 7-on-7 tournament.

At first it was UAB, Wyoming, Virginia, and Middle Tennessee State offering him a scholarship, but now several other schools have express interest. Illinois also offered him this week, and UCLA, Arizona State, and Cincinnati are also interested. The best part is Combs is attracting attention because of his play, not his name.

“Ever since I was young my father always told me that people were going to have something to say,” Combs explained to Scout.com. “At the end of the day it is all fun and games to try to get you out of your game, but you just have to stay mentally strong and be able to play through it.

“You just shut them up with your ability on the field. Just play and your game will speak for itself. That is the way I feel.”

This is the second son of a celebrity we covered this week who is gaining notoriety as a high school football recruit. It’s never easy being the son of someone famous because a) expectations are high and b) everyone thinks they didn’t earn their recognition.

Justin seems to have a great attitude about being recognized for his play and not his name. At 5’9″, he’ll face plenty of challenges. Hopefully he either grows or has a great verticle, because covering 6’4″ receivers will be tough.