Former UCLA coach admits why he recruited Justin Combs

Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheiser admitted that he recruited Justin Combs because of his father.

By Steve DelVecchio

Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel recruited Justin Combs, the son of Sean Combs, back in 2011. On Tuesday, Neuheisel admitted that his recruitment of Combs had plenty to do with the fact that his dad is music mogul P. Diddy.

While co-hosting his show on Sirius XM College Sports Nation, Neuheisel said he was thinking about the UCLA program as a whole in addition to what Combs could bring as a player.

“When you’re weighing the assets of what a youngster can do for your program, there’s no question (being Diddy’s son) had something to do with it for me,” he explained, per Chris Vannini of “Justin is a great kid. His problem was his size. He’s not big enough to be a dominant player. Could he be productive? Yes. The fact his father was an influential guy played into my decision to go ahead and offer him.”

Of course, Neuheisel never envisioned that the player’s father would march into UCLA’s athletic facility and allegedly hit a strength coach and swing a kettlebell at a football intern. Although, Diddy has his own story for how things went down.

As of now, Diddy’s fight is the most notable thing to happen to Justin since he joined the Bruins.

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