Alabama officially hires defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt
Alabama has officially filled its defensive coordinator position for the 2016 season.
As reported yesterday, the new man in town — Jeremy Pruitt — previously worked for the Crimson Tide from 2007-2012 as a staff assistant and defensive backs coach.
He left Tuscaloosa to become Florida State’s defensive coordinator in 2013, and then spent the past two seasons in the same position at Georgia.
“This is a special opportunity for me to come back to the University of Alabama,” Pruitt said. “Growing up in the state and having played and coached here, I have a great appreciation for Alabama football.”
“Coach Saban’s success speaks for itself and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the chance he gave me to join his staff back in 2007. We are excited to get back to Tuscaloosa and be a part of one of the outstanding programs in college athletics.”
Pruitt is already in T-Town to help with late-season recruiting efforts, while current defensive coordinator (and new Georgia head coach) Kirby Smart is staying on staff until the Tide’s final play of the season.
Pruitt will not coach in UGA’s bowl game, according to DawgNation’s Seth Emerson.