Saeed Khalif talks recruiting philosophies, branding


EAST LANSING – Michigan State football is recruiting at a clip unseen in its history. In a nine-day span earlier this month, the Spartans earned commitments from five four-star prospects in the 2023 class.

As of Thursday afternoon, MSU’s 2023 class ranks 13th nationally according to the 247Sports Composite.

Though coach Mel Tucker is the face of the program, Saeed Khalif is the man responsible for directing the Spartans’ recruiting efforts. Last year, he was hired as Michigan State football’s general manager and executive director of player personnel and recruiting. It came on the heels of a four-year run (2017-20) as Wisconsin’s director of player personnel. Prior to that, he spent four seasons (2013-16) at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, as the Yellowjackets’ assistant director of player personnel.

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