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.
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."
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Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.
Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.
Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.
With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders. The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.
Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off. Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them. He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).
No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.
Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.
After today though, it may be hard to say no.
D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!
Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.
But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!
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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.
He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.
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