Amir Abdur-Rahman (Mays/Atlanta, Ga.) owes a tip of the cap to his teammate, tight end Maleak Bryant. The junior receiver Abdur-Rahman received his first FBS offer from Maryland Jan. 25 after Bryant, who the Terps offered Jan. 5, informed the UMD staff of his 6-foot-4, 200-pound fellow pass catcher.
“Yeah, I do owe him,” chuckled Abdur-Rahman. “Me and Maleak are kind of like a duo, so when he got the offer from Maryland he talked to the Maryland coaches about me. Then Coach Brawley [Evans] at Maryland started talking to my coach about me and got in contact with me personally. And [on Jan. 25], after my coaches talked to [Evans], I heard I had the offer.”
Abdur-Rahman had one previous look from Arkansas State. Maryland represented the first of the FBS variety.
“I’m excited right now, I’m blessed to receive the offer for real,” Abdur-Rahman said. “Coach Brawley said he loved my film, the way I played and my size. He’s hoping to see more from me soon. He said during the spring or summer he’d like to get me and Maleak up there for a visit.”
After landing the offer, Abdur-Rahman immediately began researching the Terps. He found out about the program under head coach D.J. Durkin, the offense under coordinator Walt Bell and more. Plus, he has family that used to live near College Park, Md.
“I saw some videos of how they work out and their weight room; it looks really nice. The campus looks real nice too,” Abdur-Rahman said. “And from watching the offense, I like the system and the spread. They look like an aggressive team. I feel like Maryland could be potentially a good fit for me.
“Also, my cousin used to live near there and he attended a few games at Maryland. I asked him about the school, and he said it’s a nice place and I’d like it there.”
Abdur-Rahman went on to call the Big Ten a “great conference,” while mentioning the Under Armour connections at Maryland are “pretty cool.” But the Georgia receiver allowed he’s not so much concerned with conference affiliation or aesthetics.
“I don’t really pay attention to material things like that,” Abdur-Rahman said. “And I know no matter where I go I can ball out, so conference isn’t big for me.”
Abdur-Rahman does plan on visiting College Park in the next few months.
So far, the only school he’s seen is hometown Georgia, which he took in for a game. He’d like to check out LSU, Clemson, Air Force and Navy, in addition to UMD, this offseason.
“Before I started playing football I actually wanted to go into the military, at Air Force,” said Abdur-Rahman, who is receiving interest from Iowa, Duke and Virginia Tech. “So I’m looking at [service academies]. That would allow me to get the best of both worlds.
“But some other schools I’d love to hear from are LSU, Clemson, Notre Dame and Georgia Southern. [LSU, Clemson and UND] are major programs that I’ve always liked, and Georgia Southern is a school that’s close to home that I like.”
Besides pursuing a potential military career, Abdur-Rahman said a school’s academics and the comfort level the football staff provides are of paramount concern. He’s not overly worried about a team’s style or depth chart, noting, “I know wherever I go I’m going to showcase what I can do.”
Abdur-Rahman is coming off a season where he recorded 23 receptions for over 300 yards and seven scores.