Rutgers DB announces plan to enter portal as grad transfer
Rutgers defensive back Rani Abdulaziz has decided to continue his college football career elsewhere. He made an announcement on Twitter this week.
Abdulaziz was a redshirt junior for the Scarlet Knights during the 2020 season. Because the NCAA is permitting all players to retain an additional year of eligibility, he will have two seasons of eligibility left at his next destination. As a graduate transfer, he will be able to play immediately for the 2021 campaign.
“Thank you for all you have done for me. Being at this university has allowed me to grow and mature immensely not only as a player, but as a man as well,” Abdulazis wrote. “I can’t thank all of the coaches who have helped made an impact on my life enough. Additionally, thank you to the academic support staff for helping me become a better student. I’ve learned a lot from being at Rutgers and will continue to learn even more throughout this journey of life.
“To my teammates, who have become like brothers to me, thank you! The memories we’ve made will never be forgotten. With that being said, I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal as a grad transfer with 2 years of eligibility left.”
Abdulaziz appeared in 6 games for Rutgers during the 2020 season, primarily playing on special teams. During his career in Piscataway, Abdulaziz played in 23 games and was responsible for 7 tackles.
In 2019, Abdulaziz was an Academic All-B1G selection.
Rutgers finished the 2020 season with a 3-6 record and was one of the most improved teams in the country.