Penn State has lost its Recruiting Coordinator for Player Personnel and Recruitment to Syracuse, as first reported by Matt Zenitz of 247Sports.
Khalil Ahmad joined the staff in late-January, coming over from the same school he’s returning to.
Ahmad worked on Dino Babers’ staff as the Director of High School relations.
Now, he’ll be on new Syracuse HC Fran Brown’s staff as the Executive Director of Player Personnel and Recruiting.
Syracuse is expected to hire Penn State’s Khalil Ahmad as executive director of personnel and recruiting, sources tell @247sports.
Ahmad, who has been the recruiting coordinator for personnel and recruitment at Penn State, previously worked at Syracuse as director of high school… pic.twitter.com/VBok7C0wkL
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) December 6, 2023
The New Jersey native helped Penn State land some talent from the area.
In late March, Penn State got a commit from three-star ‘25 DB Omari Gaines (Newark). In September, four-star LB DJ McClary (Jersey City) committed.
Ahmad confirmed the news with a statement on social media.
“Thank you to the entire PSU and State College community for welcoming me with warm arms,0 Ahmad wrote. “Happy Valley is a special place. Thank you to Coach Franklin for the guidance, mentorship, and knowledge in my time here. – working for you has been an honor.”
Thank you to the entire PSU and State College community for welcoming me with warm arms. Happy Valley is a special place. Thank you to Coach Franklin for the guidance, mentorship, and knowledge in my time here. – working for you has been an honor.
— Big Lil (@CoachAhmadPSU) December 6, 2023
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.
Ahmad is the second staffer Penn State’s lost within the week. Earlier, defensive analyst Ola Adams left for an on-field job at Indiana.
Penn State also added an analyst.
His name is Bill Queisert, and he’s been with Kansas since 2020, per Linkedin, starting as an assistant offensive line coach in 2020. From there, he moved to a quality control position, and this past offseason, he moved into an analyst role. Queisert described his job as to “act as right hand for the Offensive Coordinator and assist in the Coaching of Tight Ends and Offensive Line, in conjunction with the development of the offensive unit.”