More than 20 elite local, and a couple national, Maryland targets took in the Terps’ team scrimmage March 26, including a nearby cornerback who has UMD trending in a major way. Fofie Bazzie (Quince Orchard/North Potomac, Md.) has been singing Maryland’s praises ever since landing the hometown look March 2, and after the March 26 trip he’s thinking long and hard about the Terps.
“I really do like Maryland right now. They’re very high up there for me,” said Bazzie, who also claims verbals from Temple, Iowa State, Marshall and ODU. “I really like the vibe and energy there now. It’s great. I’m thinking a lot about Maryland and what they have to offer me. I’m hoping to have a great year this year, and then maybe I could come in and earn early playing time as a freshman.”
Bazzie had a more extensive visit earlier during March, but he thoroughly enjoyed the padded scrimmage March 26 and meeting with the UMD staff afterwards.
“I just through everything was very intense. The players and the coaches, you could feel their intensity,” Bazzie said. “I was at a practice before earlier [in March], but they look like they got a lot better since then. I really liked what they were doing, just the competitiveness and the energy. It was great to watch.”
In particular, Bazzie said he honed in on defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and his star senior corner, Will Likely. The Quince Orchard product can be counted as a fan of both.
“Coach Aazaar, he’s a great coach and you can tell he gets into it and his players listen. He’s very detailed,” Bazzie said. “And I love watching Will Likely play. He’s one of the best in the Big Ten and just gets after it.”
Following the scrimmage, Bazzie had a chance to sit down with Abdul-Rahim. The two have chatted several times this month already, so it was another opportunity to reconnect.
“Coach Aazaar basically said he can’t wait for me to get to Maryland and is really excited about me. He’s a real cool guy and I feel like I could develop a lot under him,” Bazzie said. “Coach [D.J.] Durkin, he was talking about how the program is getting better and how he wants me to jump on board and get things rolling. He wants me to be part of something special at Maryland. He’s just really excited about what’s going on there, with the facility renovations and the stay-home movement. He thinks Maryland can be very special, and I do too. I’m excited. It sounds great.”
Bazzie also spoke to his UMD-area recruiter, Chris Beatty. The North Potomac native said he and Maryland’s receivers’ coach exchange messages multiple times each week.
“Me and Coach Beatty have a real good relationship,” Bazzie said. “We talk twice each week at least, and I’ve been around him maybe like four times now. It’s getting to the point where it’s like, ‘Hey what’s up?’ We’re just real close and don’t even have to talk about football anymore. It’s just a real close bond, and it’s getting there with Coach Durkin and Coach Rahim too. I have a great relationship with all those guys. I love the staff at Maryland.”
Bazzie may be high on UMD, but he’s not ready to commit just yet. He said there are a couple other schools he wants to evaluate before ending his recruitment.
“I’m thinking later this spring I’ll be able to decide,” Bazzie said. “I do want to get this over with before my senior year so I can be focused on my last season. But at the same time I’m enjoying the process, seeing who’s going to offer and taking some visits. But I do like Maryland a lot though. I like them a whole lot. I’m definitely getting back there for another visit.”
The two other programs on Bazzie’s radar are Iowa State and Temple. Bazzie’s visited Temple before and would like to see ISU at some point. The Quince Orchard prospect has also trekked through Rutgers and Florida, neither of which have offered yet.
“I’m hoping Florida offers. I went there with my 7-on-7 team and loved it down there, so hopefully I get on their radar,” said Bazzie, who is receiving interest from the likes of Army, Toledo, Va Tech, BC, Iowa, Kentucky, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Kansas, NC State, Wake and Michigan State. “And Clemson, I like them a lot, and LSU too. But those are schools I haven’t’ hear from yet. We’ll see.
“But Maryland is right there too. I like them a lot.”