Combs Loves Visit to L.A.
Justin Combs
Justin Combs
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 22, 2011


New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep cornerback Justin Combs took in several days in Los Angeles at UCLA, with a couple of practices and the Fall Scrimmage -- and headed back East with some good news.

Justin Combs has made numerous trips to Los Angeles throughout his life, with siblings in the Los Angeles area and his father, rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs, owning a house in the Southland.

But until this week, the rising cornerback prospect had never had a chance to check out UCLA.

By the time he headed back to the East Coast, Combs had what he described as an amazing visit and a new offer to add to the mix.

"I loved it there," said Combs. "The campus was phenomenal. I've been in L.A. a lot but I've never gotten a chance to see UCLA. It was amazing there."

Combs got a chance to talk with Bruins head coach Rick Neuheisel, and by the time he headed back to New York, he had an offer from UCLA.

"Coach Neuheisel told me he was offering me a scholarship to UCLA," said Combs. "That means a lot. I liked UCLA a lot."

The offer from the Bruins joins offers from Virginia, Illinois, Wyoming, Tennessee Tech, Iowa and West Virginia.

While in Westwood, he got to see some of his dad's friends, both former UCLA basketball stars, Kevin Love and Baron Davis, and also met Russell Westbrook.

"I had met Kevin and Baron before with my dad, but I got to meet some new people while I was there," said Combs. "That was pretty fun."

Combs attended practices on Wednesday and Friday while also taking in UCLA's Fall Scrimmage on Saturday.

"I talked with the DBs coach and the defensive coordinator and I spent a lot of time watching the corners while I was there," said Combs. "We run the same defense at my school so I was taking a lot of mental notes."

Combs said that Neuheisel told him that he'd also have a chance to return punts and kicks should he end up at UCLA.

His good friend, Deaysean Rippy, has an offer from the Bruins and plans to take a visit to UCLA and Combs said the talk of the two of them playing together in college isn't just lip service.

"No, it's legit," said Combs. "We want to play together in college."

Combs said that he thinks Cal could be close to offering.

"They said they want to watch a couple of my games," said Combs.

He's also planning to take all five official trips.

"I know I'll be visiting Iowa, UCLA and Illinois, I'm just not sure when because our games are on Saturdays," said Combs.

The Semper Fi All-American said he's not sure when he'll announce a decision.

"I may make my decision at the Marine Game, but I don't know just yet," said Combs. "A lot depends on my schedule and when I can see the schools."

The 3.7 student said he plans to take the ACT in the fall.

He and his Iona Preparatory teammates start fall camp on Monday with two-a-days and their first game is on September 10th.

"I'll be playing corner, returner, slot and some wildcat quarterback," said Combs.

Brandon is in his seventh year with Scout.com, currently as the National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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