Justin Dior Combs, the oldest son of hip hop mogul and rapper Sean "Diddy" Combs, has accepted a $54,000 full college football scholarship from the University of California, Los Angeles and is preparing to travel to the city to join the Bruins in several weeks.
The 5'9", 170-lb 18-year-old cornerback graduated from the all-male Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, New York last week and is set to enroll in UCLA on June 24. Diddy, who as of April is worth an estimated $550 million, according to Forbes, attended his son's commencement ceremony.
"My son @JDior_ is about graduate highschool- I'm about to be crying yall! #ProudFatherTweet," Diddy said on his Twitter page. "Holy (expletive). I've never felt a feeling like this. !!!! God is great! @Jdior_ were so proud of you! @JDior_ boy you a man now! I'm so proud of you son! I LOVE YOU!"
"Yahhhh love you 2!" Combs Combs replied.
Combs, who also served as a backup quarterback of his high school team, had also received offers to play football for other colleges, such as The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Tennessee Tech University, but had announced in early 2011 that he was committed to UCLA, adding that he would be closer to his father. He also toured its campus, according to Rivals.com.
"Most people think that he being my father, he helped get me the offers, but that's not true at all," Combs said about Diddy, according to Scout.com. "I went out the whole summer, I went to all the 7on7s, all the college camps and I competed my butt off. I made the most of the opportunity. I did this myself. No one did this but me."
Combs was one of eight football players from his high school team to be named all-league by the Catholic High School Football League of Metropolitan New York. He also competed in 7on7 national tournaments. Combs graduated high school with a 3.75 GPA, according to a recent CNN article titled, "Should P. Diddy's son return $54,000 college scholarship?"
A UCLA spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com that the college's athletic scholarships are "awarded to students strictly on the basis of their athletic and academic ability, and not on a student's financial need" and that they do not rely on state funds, but are rather financed by "Athletic Department ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters."
Combs' merit-based full athletic scholarship, one of 285 awarded to "outstanding student athletes," covers his annual tuition and fees as well as room and board. Its $54,000 sum matches what an out-of-state student residing on campus would pay annually. A California resident living in a dorm at UCLA pays about $31,902 a year.
Combs' mother is Diddy's ex-girlfriend, Tanieka "Misa" Hylton, 38, who owns a $700,000 3-bedroom townhouse in New Rochelle, near his high shcool. Diddy and another ex, Kim Porter, are parents to Christian, 14, and twin girls D'Lila and Jessie, 5. The rapper also has a daughter, Chance, from another previous relationship.
Diddy travels constantly and maintains several residences. One of them, located in East Hampton, New York, was in April the target of a serial "squatter." The man, who has a history of mental illness, broke into the house, ate food, drank soda and liquor and went to sleep in a bedroom upstairs before police arrested him for criminal trespassing and petit larceny.
In 2010, Combs was featured on an episode of the MTV reality show "My Super Sweet 16," which depicted him planning a major party and announcing his intent to "show the world that I'm a baller like my father."