Maryland has hired Alabama assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim to be the team's defensive backs coach under newly hired head coach DJ Durkin, according to multiple reports on Monday.
The news was first reported by InsideMDSports.com and Abdul-Rahim has since changed his Twitter biography and background photo to reflect a move to Maryland.
Abdul-Rahim is the type of recruiter that Durkin needs on staff as he tries to make in-roads on the local recruiting trail, especially with the future of one-time interim head coach Mike Locksley at Maryland unclear.
Once the head coach of Friendship Collegiate (D.C.), Maryland has four current players -- and one who is leaving to enter the 2016 NFL Draft, Yannick Ngakoue -- who attended the local football powerhouse.
The move could re-open the door for already-committed prospects or prospect who previously were not considering Maryland, including four-star wide receiver Trevon Diggs.
Former Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle, who was taken in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, tweeted his support for the hire after news broke on Monday.
— Dexter McDougle (@Blasian_Kiddd) December 7, 2015
In additional local ties, as reported by AL.com earlier this year, Abdul-Rahim spent training camp and the preseason with the Baltimore Ravens as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, a program "designed to give minority coaches an opportunity to observe, participate and gain experience with NFL teams."