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Penn State Adds Khalil Ahmad to Recruiting Department

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Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin November 12, 2022 David Hague/NSN

Former Syracuse director of recruiting Khali Ahmad had joined Penn State football’s staff, he announced Friday afternoon.

Ahmad will be an assistant recruiting coordinator on coach James Franklin’s staff.

He’d been working at Syracuse since last February, spending a lot of time recruiting in New Jersey.

“Orange nation,” Ahmad tweeted, “it’s been an honor to be part of The Ohana, the bonds I have built in my time with Syracuse will never be forgotten.”

Ahmad went on to thank Syracuse head coach Dino Babers “for an amazing opportunity.”

”I’m excited for this next chapter of my life,” he wrote.

That next chapter could be fantastic for Ahmad.

Penn State is coming off an 11-2 season that ended with a win over Utah in the Rose Bowl earlier this month, and finished No. 7 in the final AP Poll.

The team returns plenty of key pieces, such as running backs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen, who were true freshmen this past season, and Drew Allar, another true freshman who is slated to be Penn State’s starting quarterback. Penn State also has an reputation for putting together solid recruiting classes. The program’s Class of ‘22 finished sixth in the country, and the ‘23 Class ranks No. 14. Perhaps Ahmad could play a role in putting together more solid classes in the future.

Ahmad is a graduate of Delaware State. He has experience in the Big Ten, having worked in Rutgers’s recruiting department. He also has experience with on-field coaching, leading the high school program at New Jersey’s Patterson Eastside. New Jersey has long been a state where Penn State has a big presence.

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