In 2014 three players who had passed through Snoop Dogg's Youth Football League (SYFL) signed on with NFL teams, and as impressive as that number is, if last week's national signing day was any indication, we're likely to see many more SYFL alum playing on Sundays.
TMZ is reporting that 20 players who played in the SYFL have signed on to play for a Division I program.
Most notably is the rapper's son, Cordell Broadus, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Broadus got his start playing football in his father's league and was coached by Snoop from ages 8 to 13.
USC commit Iman Marshall, the top rated cornerback in the class, is also a SYFL alum.
Here's the complete list of players from the SYFL who have signed with Division I programs:
1. Donzell Roddie: Boise State
2. Kyahva Tezino: San Diego State
3. Jeremy Kelly: San Jose State
4. Damon Wright: Boise State
5. Kameron Powell: Washington State
6. Cordell Broadus: UCLA
7. Iman Marshall: USC
8. Shawn Wilson: Oregon State
9. Malik Psalms: Cal
10. Stanley Norman: Arizona State
11. Cameron Hayes: Hawaii
12. Kenya Bell: San Jose State
13. Justin Calhoun: Montana State
14. Jeremy Calhoun: Montana State
15. Taj Jones: Idaho State
16. Mike Bell: Fresno State
17. Jericho Flowers: UNLV
18. Kevin Scott: USC
19. Dominique Davis: USC
20. Jaelon Barnwell: Alabama State University
The league started in 2005 and has ballooned to a reported size of 1,700 players.
"I’m extremely proud to have coached and mentored these young men," SYFL commissioner Haamid Wadood told TMZ. "I speak on behalf of Snoop and my entire SYFL staff and all the coaches and volunteers. We just want to thank the parents for trusting in us and believing in us in building a foundation for these kids in giving them the opportunity for helping them achieve their goals on becoming a great player and teammates."
Ronnie Hillman (2012 Denver Broncos) and De'Anthony Thomas (2014 Kansas City Chiefs) were the first SYFL alum to get drafted. Last year two other players, Kam Jackson (Indianapolis Colts) and Greg Ducre (San Diego Chargers) also signed on with NFL teams.
"Our kids, they go hard," Snoop told TMZ last year. “They know what they want in life. When they get to the position where they can go to the level they try their best. They really put in the work to get to the next level. I expect many more to follow that. In the next 10 years, I see 50 kids from SYFL play in the NFL."
At this rate, that just might happen.
Check out Snoop's speech to young players two years ago in which he tells them to respect each other and the coaches, and to do well in school: