Amir Abdur-Rahman (Mays/Atlanta, Ga.) landed a Maryland offer back in late January, at the time saying the Terps could be a “real good fit.” Two-and-a-half months later, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver visited College Park, Md., for the first time and had even more praise for the Terps.
“The visit really surprised me,” said Abdur-Rahman, who visited along with his teammate, UMD tight end target Maleak Bryant, who actually dubbed Maryland his leader after the trip. “I really had fun up there. I didn’t think it would be like that. It was great being around the players and the coaches.”
The Georgia wideout had an opportunity to see all UMD had to offer April 4, but he said the highlight was watching the team practice. He paid close attention to the receivers and position coach Chris Beatty.
“It was great seeing how the receivers work, and the offense reminds me a lot of what we do at Mays,” said Abdur-Rahman, who has offers from Maryland, Iowa State, Wake Forest, Georgia State and a couple more. “It’s a fast-paced spread and they get the ball to their guys. I feel like the coaches there could really take advantage of what I do.”
During and after the practice, Abdur-Rahman interacted with the various UMD staffers. He spoke to head coach D.J. Durkin, offensive coordinator Walt Bell, recruiter Brawley Evans, Beatty and more.
“The coaches were great and they treated us great. I talked to so many guys, and they were saying how they have a great plan for the offense and how it would be a great opportunity for me,” Bryant said. “They really made me feel welcome and made me feel like I could fit in and make things happen there.”
Of all the UMD coaches, Abdur-Rahman said he speaks most often to Evans. The two have been in regular contact for a couple months now.
“Coach Brawley has said nothing but great things to me,” the receiver said. “He said how the offense would fit me perfectly, how they need big wideouts like me, and how all the coaches at Maryland would love to see me and Maleak up there [in College Park].”
Abdur-Rahman procceded to laud the campus, the player dorms and the new facilities UMD is building. He also liked the school’s academics and the program it has for his intended major, chemical engineering.
“The dorms are great; they’re really big and really nice. And I love the buildings they’re building and what they’re doing with the new indoor fields. Those are going to be really nice,” Abdur-Rahman said. “And the uniforms, those are tight. I loved all the Under Armour gear they have there.”
Following the extended visit, which last all day and into the evening, Abdur-Rahman said Maryland sits in a strong spot. But unlike Bryant, he wasn’t ready to dub them a leader quite yet.
“I wouldn’t say that yet, because I really do have to see some other schools first,” said Bryant, who has only been to Georgia State and UGA thus far. “Iowa State and Wake Forest have both offered, and I want to see what they’re about. I’ve heard good things about both those schools, and Iowa State has been on me. But I did like what I saw out of Maryland.”
Bryant said the main factors he’s considering when visiting these campuses are on-field opportunities, comfort level on campus and academics. He said he’d like to have his school chosen by around mid-season.
“I do want to see what offers may come in and then keep doing my research on who really does want me,” Bryant said.
The Mays prospect ended by saying that both he and Bryant, who are good friends, are looking aat many of the same schools. If possible, they’d like to continue their careers together.
“We call ourselves the Dynamic Duo,” laughed Abdur-Rahman. "We're going to do what's best for each of us, but we'd like to play together if possible. We have like the same offers and are looking at a lot of the same places. But if [Bryant] feels more comfortable at a different place than me, I have to respect that, but we're trying to stay together."