In 1986, Sean John Combs helped lead his high school football team at the Bronx's Mount Saint Michael Academy to a division title. 25 years later, the rap mogul's son, Justin Combs, is getting offers to play D-1 football at the University of Virgina and the University of Illinois, as well as non-BCS conference schools like Wyoming, Middle Tennessee State, UAB. UCLA, Arizona State, Cincinnati might be interested after meetings with Combs this week. And, according to a recent Scout.com profile, he's not just attracting attention because he's Diddy's kid, either. In fact, Diddy's Maybach-owning son told the website exactly why he "deserves that spot" and "deserves that scholarship."
You might remember Combs from his lavish, “Prince of New York”-themed 16th birthday party last year at NYC's M2 Ultra Lounge. Combs, currently a 5-foot-9, 175-pound cornerback at New York's Iona Prep, told Scout.com, “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.” The rising senior secured his first scholarship in April and Scout.com reports he was quite a force to be reckoned with at a New Level 7-on-7 National Championship. Here's what Diddy Jr. told Scout about his visit to Bloomington:
“I talked to the coach at Illinois, and they told me that they were going to give me an offer,” Combs said. “They seemed very excited. We talked about the academics, the football team, the campus, the life there and stuff like that just so I could know a little bit about it. I am going to go out there and see the campus soon before my season.”
On where else he could land:
“My coach told me today that he has been contacted Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas State and they were interested. UCLA, Arizona State and also Cincinnati said they were going to get back with me this week, so this is a big week for me. I am going to West Virginia this weekend for camp and hopefully I can get an offer from them. I have been in contact with them and they seem like they are very excited.”
On his excitement to play D-1 football:
“It is just the stuff you dream about as a kid. Getting letters in the mail and having coaches call you. It is the stuff you hear about, it is actually happening…
And, finally, why he "deserves that spot" and "deserves that scholarship":
“I just want to show my hard work and how it pays off and to show that I deserve that spot and I deserve that scholarship. This why I deserve that scholarship — I am going to show you why.”
No matter where he lands, he'll probably be the only person to show up to camp in a chauffeur-driven Maybach (pictured above; you'll recall it was a gift from his Old Man at his 16th birthday bash). Good thing he's only allowed to drive it "on special occasions." Because nothing says "I deserve a scholarship" (or "I can't go to school here and be a student-athlete without it") like owning a Maybach.