Report: Alabama assistant leaving to join former Florida DC at Maryland
Coach Nick Saban knew it might be a rough offseason for staff attrition at Alabama, and another member is reportedly leaving for a promotion elsewhere.
Aazaar Abdul-Rahim is leaving Alabama to join Maryland as defensive backs coach, according to Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated. The Terrapins recently hired former Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin as coach to replace Randy Edsall, who was fired midseason.
Originally hired by Saban as a defensive analyst, Abdul-Rahim was promoted to assistant director for player personnel before this season. Abdul-Rahim came to Alabama from Friendship Collegiate Academy, a private high school in Washington, D.C., that he built into a local powerhouse.
Abdul-Rahim helped develop several FBS recruits at Friendship, including Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor.
Alabama already knows it will lose defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and associate director of player personnel Glenn Schumann to UGA after the season ends. Offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and offensive line coach Mario Cristobal have also been connected to head coaching vacancies that have since been filled.