Justin Combs, son of music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, is his own person. It can be difficult to overcome comparisons with your father, but he is determined to do so.
"I'm just trying to make a name for myself and do this on my own. At the end of the day, I'm the one working hard, practicing and earning coaches' respect. I really don't worry about it too much."
Combs traveled to Illinois for an unofficial visit Thursday and shared his thoughts Friday at Camp Rantoul.
"I got here yesterday evening. I took a tour around the school, I'm getting a feel for the campus and environment. It's very nice around here.
"I went to the field, the weight room. I've seen academic counselors, watched a little film and watched practice. I like it a lot. The coaches and the players have a good chemistry together. It seems like a nice environment."
Combs has several schools on his interest list.
"I currently have six offers. I have Illinois, UVA, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Tech, Wyoming and Villanova."
The Illini are his third visit so far.
"I've visited Illinois, Miami and West Virginia."
The 5'-9", 165 pounder makes up for a lack of size with athleticism and a strong will to win.
"I play corner. I'm a very explosive game-changer. I make plays that need to be made, and I'm a hard worker. I work hard at what I do."
Combs rarely leaves the field.
"I play wide receiver and wildcat quarterback. I also do kick return and punt return. I had a couple returns for touchdowns."
The New Rochelle, New York, native has a highly recruited friend. Four-star linebacker Deaysean Rippy from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, also has a UI offer and plans to visit in the near future.
"Deaysean Rippy is like a brother. Me and him are thinking about going to school together. We're trying to see what offers we have the same. We're gonna make our decision together.
"He's gonna come soon. He couldn't make it this weekend because it is his birthday, and he had to do something. We're gonna probably come back and see it together."
Combs is determined to help his Iona Prep School team succeed this fall.
"We have a solid team. We're gonna make it to the championship. We're gonna win. I'm thinking positive. It's my last year, so I'm going all out."
Combs is ambitious both on and off the field. He is already planning his future after football.
"I'm gonna do a double major in Business Management and Psychology."
Combs has no timetable for making a decision at this time.