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By Thayer Evans
March 11, 2015

Alabama defensive analyst Aazaar Abdul-Rahim has been promoted to assistant director of player personnel according to a source.

Abdul-Rahim’s promotion comes 13 months after being hired by Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban. A renowned talent evaluator, Abdul-Rahim is the former head coach at powerhouse Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington D.C.

The 38-year-old founded the resilient charter school’s football program in 2004 and turned it into a national force with a 62-39 record in his 10 seasons. He guided the charter school to the District of Columbia State Athletic Association championship in 2012.

While at Friendship, Abdul-Rahim had nearly 100 players receive college scholarships to play football, including star Florida sophomore cornerback Jalen Tabor and former Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman. Abdul-Rahim is well connected in his native Washington D.C., a coup for Alabama in an increasingly fertile area for recruits.

Alabama had a 12-2 record last season, which included a loss to eventual national champion Ohio State in the semifinal of the inaugural College Football Playoff. The Crimson Tide return 11 starters next season, led by junior running back Derrick Henry.

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