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Alabama contacts Clemson assistant

Clemson defensive ends coach Chris Rumph has been contacted by Alabama about a position on its coaching staff, a source confirmed Tuesday.

It is unclear whether Rumph has been offered a position on the Crimson Tide’s staff.

Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis interviewed for the Texas defensive line job on Monday and is believed the frontrunner for the position.

Rumph, 39, has spent the last five seasons as a Clemson assistant, coaching the entire line for the first three and ends the past two (since coordinator Kevin Steele’s arrival).

More than perhaps the firings of offensive coordinator Billy Napier and running backs coach Andre’ Powell, losing Rumph could impact Clemson’s recruiting efforts.

He is the lead recruiter for several commitments – running back Marlin Lane, defensive back Cortez Davis and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett – as well as targeted defensive linemen Phillip Dukes, Jerell Adams, Ray Drew and a handful of secondary targets (including safety Geraldo Orta, defensive tackle Roderick Byers and linebacker Cedrick Cooper).

Rumph has also been Clemson’s recruiter for the nation’s No. 1 prospect, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, whom the Crimson Tide hopes to pull away from South Carolina.

The give-and-take between Alabama and Clemson's staffs is noteworthy, if not coincidental. Nick Saban hired Clemson running backs coach Burton Burns in 2007 and sought to interview former coordinator Rob Spence. Two years ago, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney -- an Alabama alum -- hired defensive coordinator Kevin Steele from Saban's staff.

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