MSU football hires chief recruiter Saeed Khalif as in-person contact resumes

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect Michigan State confirming the hire.

In the first week of the return to in-person recruiting, Michigan State football lost and then added a key piece to its recruiting staff.

Saeed Khalif will become director of player personnel after working the same job at the University of Wisconsin, Michigan State confirmed Friday after multiple reports earlier in the week. Khalif will replace Scott Aligo, who was on the Spartans' staff for one year before leaving for the same position at Kansas, his alma mater.

Saeed Khalif has joined Michigan State football's staff.

“Saeed is relentless when it comes to recruiting and has a proven track record of success in the Big Ten,” Michigan State coach Mel Tucker said in a statement. “He also has coaching experience and understands the importance of developing players. I’m excited he’s here on campus and hitting the ground running this month.

"He will have an immediate impact on our program.”

Tucker said Khalif will direct recruiting, manage prospect identification, and coordinate the evaluation of all player son the roster. He will run Michigan State's NFL Education Program and Spartan Pro Day.

Khalif spent five seasons on staff at Wisconsin, after four seasons as assistant director of player personnel at his alma mater, Georgia Tech. He's also coached defensive at Savannah State, and has been a high school head coach.

He played along the defensive line at Georgia Tech from 1984-86, and was honorable mention All-America as a senior. He was the team's captain and defensive MVP as a senior. He returned to school in 1988 to get his bachelor's degree in industrial management.

At Michigan State, Khalif, key in putting together the Badgers' team that won the 2019 Big Ten West Division title, will reunite with tight-ends coach Ted Gilmore, who joined Mel Tucker's staff from Wisconsin last year. He leaves behind a Wisconsin recruiting class ranked third in the Big Ten by multiple recruiting services.

Aligo leaves Michigan State after just one season, having joined Tucker's staff from Akron. He's had several stops in the NFL and in college, including coaching jobs at Oklahoma State and Texas A&M.

The moves come as college coaches could begin recruiting again in-person, starting this past Tuesday, after more than a year off the road because of COVID-19.

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