Diddy's son, Justin Combs, makes name for himself

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Richard Harbus/New York Daily News/ESPNHSJustin Combs may be Diddy's son, but the Iona Prep (New Rochelle, N.Y.) senior has earned offers from UCLA, Illinois and Virginia.

Justin Combs has heard his share of trash talk while attending football camps and combines. Of course, that'll happen when your dad is hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and your 16th birthday was televised on MTV.

The Iona Prep senior has put up with opponents reciting his dad's lyrics during one-on-one drills and players questioning whether he even deserves to be on the field.

"I've had to go harder than anybody else to prove that I belong because most people think I have everything handed to me," Combs says. "I had to prove them wrong."

He's done a good job of that. The 5-foot-9, 165-pounder is a star quarterback, cornerback and kick returner for Iona Prep, and he has received scholarship offers from D-I programs like Virginia, UCLA and Illinois.

Combs has put in the work on the field (he's a two-way starter) and in the classroom (he boasts a 3.7 GPA), so he's now beginning to emerge from his father's shadow.

"I'm extremely proud of him," Diddy says, "due to the fact that he didn't use any celebrity to get to where he's at."

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