Junior college defensive back Martez Shabazz (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) held Baylor and Minnesota in the same light during his recruiting process. He thoroughly enjoyed both schools on official visits, and he felt he couldn’t go wrong with either choice.
Shabazz originally chose Baylor in late November, but because of academic complications, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound sophomore cornerback has decided to back out of his commitment to Baylor and choose Minnesota.
Shabazz, recruited by secondary coach Jay Sawvel, visited Minnesota the weekend of Nov. 11 and strongly considered the Golden Gophers until he visited Baylor the following weekend. Shabazz said Baylor wanted him to retake a course by way of a mini-mester, but he wasn’t able to accommodate financially.
In turn, the speedy cornerback will take his talents to Minnesota, and he looks forward to coming in and contributing. Shabazz, who played high school ball at DeSoto (Texas), brings 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash and excellent makeup speed, which allows him to put up big numbers in the pass breakups category.
“I love my chances of coming in and starting and making an impact immediately,” Shabazz said. “I also like that it’s in the Big Ten.”
In addition to Minnesota and Baylor, Shabazz also received offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, South Alabama and Lamar. He garnered interest from Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Hawaii.
Shabazz is the Gophers’ 24th commitment and fifth junior college pledge.