The sons and grandsons of famous folks litter the college football and college football recruiting landscape. Certainly it’s not rare to see the next generation (or generations) of famous football players making a name for themselves on the field, but there are several others whose well-known fathers and grandfathers did not make their name on the gridiron.
Cordell Broadus is the son of Snoop Dogg and one of the top WR prospects in the 2015 class.
Here’s a look at 10 current players/recruits whose famous parents/grandparents made a name in something other than football. These family trees of these players and prospects include famous entertainers, musicians, activists and Hall of Fame-level players from other sports.
Ralph David Abernathy IV, WR/KR, Cincinnati/Atlanta Westminster (Class of 2011)
Abernathy the IV is the grandson of the late Ralph Abernathy Sr., an influential leader of the American Civil Rights movement and a close friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At Cincinnati, he’s become an outstanding all-purpose threat, totaling close to 2,000 kick return yards in 2.5 seasons with the Bearcats. Abernathy IV was a three-star prospect according to the Class of 2011 247Composite from Westminster School in Atlanta.
Cordell Broadus, WR, Diamond Bar (Calif.) (Class of 2015)
Broadus is the son of entertainer/rapper Snoop Dogg and is one of the highest-regarded prospects in this group. On the recruiting radar since his sophomore year because of his on-field abilities, Broadus one of the more polished receivers nationally in the 2015 class. He has excellent size, speed and hands and exceptional quickness.
Jesse Bongiovi, CB, Notre Dame/Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep (Class of 2013)
Bongiovi is the son of rock star/songwriter/actor Jon Bon Jovi and was one of the best high school lacrosse players in New York City while at the same time earning a berth in the city all-star game in football as a senior. The 5-foot-9, 183-pounder was not part of the 2013 signing class for the Irish, but is on the current roster. Bongiovi was not rated/ranked in the 247Composite for his class.
Justin Combs, CB, UCLA/New Rochelle (N.Y.) Iona Prep (Class of 2012)
Combs is the son of entertainment mogul/rap star Sean “Puffy” Combs. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound defensive back redshirted last season at UCLA and has registered two tackles this season for the nationally-ranked Bruins. At Iona Prep in New York, he was a standout player that was selected for the 2012 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. Combs was a three-star prospect according to the 2012 247Composite rankings.
Naijiel Hale, CB, Arizona (commit)/Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco (Class of 2014)
Hale, the son of late rapper Nate Dogg, is a 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection and one of the top cornerback prospects in California for the current cycle. Hale had 50 tackles and four interceptions as a junior and is off to an outstanding start this season as well. Hale had a slew of Pac-12 offers and committed to Arizona on July 2. He is a four-star prospect and the No. 23 cornerback nationally in the 2014 class according to 247Composite.
Torii Hunter, WR, Notre Dame/Prosper (Texas) (Class of 2013)
Hunter is the son of current Detroit Tigers outfielder Torri Hunter. Had the younger Hunter not suffered an injury last January, he had the potential to contribute at Notre Dame this season. As it stands, he’s redshirting and recovering this year. Hunter was the No. 204 overall prospect in the Class of 2013 247Composite.
Nico Marley, Tulane/Miramar (Fla.) (Class of 2013)
Marley’s grandfather is reggae legend, Bob Marley. A true freshman linebacker at Tulane, he currently is third on the team in tackles with 30, has four for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery this season. Though undersized at 5-foot-8, 180 pounds, Marley was an outstanding player at Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla. Marley’s father Rohan (Bob’s son) played college football for Miami. Marley was ranked as the No. 161 prospect (at safety) nationally in the 2013 class by 247Composite.
Nick O’Leary, Florida State/Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer (Class of 2011)
O’Leary’s grandfather is legendary PGA golfer Jack Nicklaus and is considered one of the top tight ends in college football (he was a preseason Mackey Award candidate). O’Leary has 11 receptions for 132 yards and a co-team high five touchdowns this season for the highly-ranked Seminoles. Coming out of Dwyer High in Palm Beach, Fla., O’Leary was an elite recruit- ranked as the nation’s top tight end prospect and rated a five-star prospect by the 2011 247Composite.
Corey Robinson, Notre Dame/San Antonio (Texas) Christian (Class of 2013)
Robinson is the son of “The Admiral” David Robinson of NBA fame. A U.S. Army All-American Bowl and all-state selection out of San Antonio Christian in the 2013 cycle, Robinson has impressed during his time at Notre Dame to date. He’s started two games this season and has four receptions for 66 yards. Robinson enrolled early and participated in spring practice in South Bend. As a recruit, he was ranked as the No. 59 receiver prospect nationally by 247Composite.
Biaggio Ali Walsh, Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman (Class of 2017)
The grandson of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, Ali Walsh rushed for three touchdowns in a single freshman game earlier this season and already has good size at 5-foot-11, 165 pounds. Given that Bishop Gorman is one of the top talent-producing programs in the country, it is going to surprise nobody when Ali Walsh becomes a BCS-level recruit in a couple of cycles.
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