Aazaar Abdul-Rahim enters his second season as Maryland's defensive backs coach in 2017. A former high school head coach with ties to the DMV area, Abdul-Rahim has made an instant impact on the recruiting trails for the Terps.
Abdul-Rahim helped head coach DJ Durkin and Maryland sign a consensus Top 20 class in 2017. The class, which included 11 4-star signees and five members of the ESPN300, ranked among the best in program history. Abdul-Rahim was critical in helping the Terps land nine of the Top 20 players from the state of Maryland and three of the top nine players from Washington, D.C. He was recognized by both Rivals.com and 247Sports as one of the Top 25 recruiters for the class of 2017.
Abdul-Rahim joined the Maryland staff in 2016 after a two-year stint at Alabama where he first served as a defensive analyst before being promoted to the assistant director of player personnel.
A Washington, D.C. native, Abdul-Rahim made his name as the head coach of Friendship Collegiate Academy. After founding the school’s football program in 2004, he turned it into a national power, accumulating 62 wins and leading the team to a District of Columbia State Athletic Association championship in 2012. He helped over 100 players earn scholarships to play college football.
Abdul-Rahim also founded “Cover One”, a defensive back training academy that has worked with dozens of NFL players.
Abdul-Rahim played two seasons at San Diego State (1997-1998) after a stint at Mesa Community College. After college, the Dunbar High School standout, played for the San Diego Riptide of the Arena Football League.