Key recruiting staffer leaves Syracuse football after 2 months

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Syracuse, N.Y. — One of the leaders in Syracuse football’s recruiting and personnel department has left the program after two months.

Khalil Ahmad, one of Fran Brown’s first hires for his support staff, said in a statement on social media he’ll be “moving on.”

Ahmad did not say why he is leaving.

“Appreciate Coach Brown and The Administration for the opportunity. Nothing but love to the entire Orange community but I’ll be moving on to the next chapter of my journey,” Ahmad wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

Brown targeted Ahmad for a top position in the recruiting department shortly after being hired as head coach, luring him from a similar position at Penn State and helping strengthen the staff’s connections in New Jersey.

Ahmad had previously spent the 2022 season on Dino Babers’ staff as the director of high school recruiting.

The Orange signed a top-40 recruiting class in 2024, according to 247Sports. Bolstered by transfer acquisitions from Ohio State, Georgia, Louisiana State, Texas A&M, Alabama and others, it’s SU’s highest-ranked class in the modern recruiting era.

Prior to his first stint with Syracuse, Ahmad worked in player development at Rutgers. He also worked at Patterson East Side High School in 2019 and 2020.

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