Jeremy Pruitt has officially been hired as Kirby Smart's replacement at Alabama. Pruitt played for the Tide in the 1995 and 1996 seasons under coach Gene Stallings.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban had the following to say about Pruitt: "We are excited to announce that Jeremy Pruitt has rejoined our staff at Alabama as defensive coordinator. He did an outstanding job in the six years he was with us and did the same at Florida State and Georgia after that. Jeremy is obviously an excellent defensive coach, and also does a great job in terms of recruiting and developing relationships with players. We're pleased and happy to have Jeremy and his family back in Tuscaloosa."
Saban should be happy to have a defensive coordinator on staff that is so familiar with the Alabama area. It is well known that Pruitt was instrumental in getting Derrick Henry to flip his commitment from Georgia to Alabama. Pruitt also served as the primary recruiter for Reggie Ragland, as well as former Alabama standouts T.J. Yeldon and C.J. Mosley, according to 24/7 sports.
Pruitt spent most of his early career coaching at the high school level in Alabama. After spending two seasons as the defensive coordinator at Hoover High School, Pruitt was hired as the director of player development at the University of Alabama. In 2010, he was promoted to the defensive backs coach. Pruitt coached the Crimson Tide secondary during two national championships before moving to Florida State to serve as the defensive coordinator.
Pruitt's defense at Florida State ranked third in the nation in yards per game allowed (281), first in pass yards allowed per game (156), and first in points allowed per game (12). The Seminoles won the BCS national championship over Auburn and Pruitt skipped town for Georgia.
In two years (2014-2015) as the defensive coordinator at Georgia, Pruitt's defenses were ranked 18th and eighth in yards per game allowed. The Bulldogs also ranked 25th and ninth in points per game allowed.
It is quite clear that Pruitt is one of the most brilliant defensive minds in football, and he will prove a fantastic replacement for Kirby Smart.