The Maryland staff is still uncovering scholarship-worthy recruits in the DMV, and this week the Terps handed out yet another local offer to a two-way star from power public school. Quince Orchard’s (North Potomac, Md.) Fofie Bazzie, who projects as a cornerback at Maryland, landed his fifth overall verbal from the hometown school after a campus visit March 2.
“It feels great to get offered my by state school, and knowing they want me to play for them. I didn’t know they were going to offer; I thought I was just going up to visit, so it was a great surprise,” said Bazzie, who previously snagged offers from Iowa State, Marshall, Temple and ODU. “But Coach [Aazaar-Abdul] Rahim really liked my film. They want me as a DB, and Coach Rahim said he really liked my hips, my arm length, how I move, and how physical I am. He said they like to play press-man ‘D’ at Maryland, so he likes my physical style a lot. So he was really interested in me, and I’m interested in Maryland too.”
The 6-foot, 180-pounder has been in College Park, Md., several times before for games and camps. He said he’s always enjoyed the atmosphere and being on campus, although he wasn’t sure the former UMD regime was all that interested in him.
But Bazzie sensed a different vibe March 2, when he and his older brother met head coach D.J. Durkin and Co.
“It’s a different feel over at Maryland now with the coaches. Coach Durkin is a great guy and has a lot of energy,” said Bazzie, who mentioned that while he watched UMD growing up he wasn’t necessarily a Terps fan. “He was saying they really like me, want me in the program and feel like I’m a great fit for the defense. I just feel like he’s great coach and it was an honor to speak to him.
“And Coach Aazaar, I just think he’s a great coach. I’ve known him since my freshman year when he was at Friendship [Collegiate in Washington, D.C.]. I played against one of his DBs, Jalen Tabor, and knew him from that. And then I saw that video they did of him years ago, and it just showed me what kind of man he is. I know he wants his players to succeed and be great, so I feel like he’d be great to play under. I’ll actually be up there [March 8] to see him coach for the first time, and I’m really looking forward to that.”
In addition to meeting the coaches, Bazzie said he chatted with an academic advisor, watched some highlights of last season, tried on some Under Armour gear and saw a virtual tour of the facility upgrades.
He said he was impressed with how much stress UMD places on education, and how the coaches press the players to get their work done.
“And what I really liked was the facilities they’re building,” Bazzie said. “Those are going to be so dope. They’re going to be real, real nice. It’s exciting what they’re doing there.”
But while Bazzie’s excited about the Terps and set to return for a March 9 spring practice, he is keeping an open mind. He said all of his suitors are currently even in the pecking order, while he’s hoping to procure even more offers.
“I don’t have any ranking of any school yet, but I will say Maryland was good and I like what they have to offer,” Bazzie said. “I’m just enjoying the process right now, though. It’s early, and I know it’s going to get hectic real soon with coaches coming at me.”
Besides UMD, Bazzie has visited PSU, Rutgers and Temple. He has no trips coming up as he’s still in the process of delving into potential March travel dates.
“Any school that’s interested in me I’ll try to go see if I have time,” said Bazzie, who noted that he’s had contact with numerous regional programs. “I don’t have a school I’m shooting to get to; I’ll just visit wherever the coaches want me.”
Last year Bazzie mainly played defense and recorded six interceptions for Quince Orchard. He said most of his college looks are for cornerback, although some schools have suggested he can play wideout.
“Honestly I’ll play wherever. I can play offense and defense,” Bazzie said. “I’ll play wherever I can help my team win games and get on the field early.”