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August 03, 2011  | by: Katherine Polanco

Justin Combs

Justin Combs isn’t relying on fame and fortune to get him into colleges.  The high school senior, son of Sean “Diddy” Combs, was offered full scholarships to several universities.

What sparked such a great amount of interest in the 18 year old? Well the 5-foot-9, 175-pound defensive back won the attention of scouts after performing well at New York’s Iona Prep.  The interest came from recruiters during the New Level 7-on-7 national championship where Justin earned Scout.com‘s all-tournament honors by playing better than some of best receivers in the country.

Scout.com is reporting that the University of Illinois offered  Justin a scholarship last week and expects him to visit the school soon. llinois joins Virginia, UAB, Middle Tennessee and Wyoming are also schools and programs who have offered scholarships to the young star. Iowa State, Kansas State, UCLA, Arizona State and Cincinnati have also expressed interest in him.

Justin Combs with his father Sean Combs

Seems like Justin has a bright future ahead of him.

Justin decided to sit down with Scout.com and discuss academics as well as his future football career:

“They (Illinois) 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.”

“Ever since I was young my father always told me that people were going to have something to say,” Combs explained. “At the end of the day it is all fun and games to try to get you out of your game, but you just have to stay mentally strong and be able to play through it.”

Justin has a lot to prove.  He wants to be able to show the world that he deserves these opportunities not because he is the son of a mogul but because of what he can do.

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