On Monday morning, Syracuse football announced that it has hired Ryan Bartow as its director of high school relations.
Before coming to Syracuse, Bartow held the same position at Oregon in 2018, and was a West Coast scout for XOS Digital.
In his time in Oregon, Bartow helped secure the seventh best recruiting class in 2019. That class – led by Kayvon Thibodeaux who was the second best recruit per 247Sports – was also the best of the Pac-12. Bartow also had a hand in recruiting the 2020 class, before leaving to become a West Coast scout.
Oregon’s 2020 class ranked 12th in the country, and once again tops in the PAC-12. At Oregon, Bartow evaluated prospects, updated the recruiting board, and coordinated travel for in-home visits and was a campus tour guide for visiting recruits. However, since he is not an on-field coach, he is not allowed to recruit off campus.
Before working for Oregon, Bartow spent the last 12 years covering recruiting. From 2013 to 2017 Bartow worked for 247Sports as the lead college football recruiting reporter.
Before hiring Bartow, Syracuse had not had a director of high school relations since 2016, when JB Gerald served in that role.
Dino Babers has added three new positions to his football staff. Besides Bartow, Babers added Jeff LePak as offensive analyst and Kirk Martin for football strategy.
After a poor season, Babers has also changed defensive and offensive coordinators. Before this off-season, Babers was fiercely loyal to his assistants. But changes needed to be made after a 5-7 season.