Justin Combs, the hip-hop mogul’s son, is headed to UCLA on a full football scholarship.
“Today I am truly blessed and thankful to accept my scholarship and give my full commitment to UCLA. Playing division I football was a lifelong dream of mine, and through hard work I was able to achieve it,” Justin said in a statement. “I am a living testament that with a strong relationship with God, family, and hard work dreams do come true.”
And while son may not exactly be following in dad’s musical footsteps, Diddy could not be prouder of UCLA’s new athletic star.
“As a parent, today is one of the proudest moments of my life. This is everything a father could want for his son, for him to excel at what he loves to do and is truly passionate about,” Diddy said. “Justin is a shining example of what hard work, determination and a strong mentality can achieve. I am honored to call him my son and am happy that he is fulfilling his dream.”
Justin, a 5’9″, 170 pound defensive back, had his choice of big time college programs to choose from – in addition to UCLA, he was also offered scholarships by the University of Illinois, the University of Virginia and the University of Wyoming.
The teen also boasted a 3.75 GPA in high school as a student at Iona Prep in New Rochelle, New York.
Justin won’t be the first son of a hip-hop star to play sports for a school in the West Coast’s Pac-12 conference. Master P’s son Romeo Miller (aka Lil’ Romeo) was a member of the basketball team for the University of Southern California in 2008-2009.