Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on the linebackers; this week, we’re venturing into the secondary with Cornerbacks Week.
Fofie Bazzie, CB, No. 11
Weight: 190 pounds
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland
High school: Quince Orchard
How he got to College Park
Bazzie was a three-star recruit, the No. 70 cornerback in the nation and the No. 13 player in Maryland, according to the 247Sports Composite. He got an offer from Maryland in March 2016, and committed to the Terps a month later.
Bazzie enrolled in January for the spring semester, which gives him a head start over some of his fellow Class of 2017 recruits.
In his senior season at Quince Orchard, Bazzie was named First Team All-Met by The Washington Post and led the Cougars to a state championship appearance.
In his highlight tape, Bazzie shows he has a good eye for the ball and is strong in coverage. He also has some leaping ability, which means he could win some fights for jump balls.
Despite his potential, Bazzie has a tough battle ahead for playing time this season. The Terps return two starting cornerbacks, and highly-touted freshmen Deon Jones enrolled in the spring as well. Bazzie is also just 5’11, so he could struggle to cover taller receivers at first unless he already has really good technique.
If he can’t find a role on defense as a freshman, he could be used sparingly as an offensive option since he also played wide receiver in high school.
Bazzie’s decision to enroll early pays off, and he earns some playing time in the secondary, making enough plays to impress the coaches and fight for an increased role in 2018.
This Philadelphia native chose the Terps over Pitt, Temple and Virginia Tech.
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