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Maryland DT Adam McLean 'on board' with D.J. Durkin hire, urges Maryland to hire Alabama assistant

McLean is trying to bring a local legend back to the DMV.

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After the news broke that Maryland will hire Michigan defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin as its new head coach, Maryland defensive tackle Adam Mclean (and a couple of other local players) took to Twitter for a bit of a social media crusade.

The former four-star recruit is trying to recruit Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, the assistant director of player personnel at the University of Alabama, to College Park. [Update: Inside Maryland Sports is reporting that Abdul-Rahim has indeed signed on to be a part of DJ Durkin's staff at Maryland.]

Abdul-Rahim is a bit of a local legend. He founded Friendship Collegiate Academy's football program in 2004 and quickly turned the team into a D.C. power, going 62-39 in 10 seasons at the helm before leaving to join Nick Saban's staff in February 2014 as a defensive analyst.

In his time as head coach at Friendship, Abdul-Rahim had 98 players receive college scholarships, including former Terp Yannick Ngakoue and current Maryland offensive tackle Derwin Gray. The 38-year-old was promoted to the Crimson Tide's assistant director of player personnel in May. Teaming up Rahim and Durkin, both noted for their recruiting prowess, could help Maryland avoid the complete program rebuild that many teams face when hiring a new coach.

McLean is enlisting the help of other DMV recruits, and they seem to be taking notice.

Those tweets are from four-star defensive tackles Terrance Davis, from DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) and Cam Spence, a Gilman (Baltimore) graduate currently doing a post-grad year at IMG Academy in Florida. Both are uncommitted.

The university has not provided any updates on who will be filling out Durkin's staff, or if Mike Locksley will be staying on in some role, but those announcements should come shortly.