Tennessee fans have been waiting more than a month for Jeremy Pruitt to have his undivided attention on the Vols.
He has been splitting defensive coordinator duties for Alabama and trying to build the 2018 recruiting class for the Vols — and he’s done an impressive job to this point juggling the two different roles.
Tennessee holds the No. 16 class in the country, per 247Sports, with 18 commitments. A week before the early signing period began, there were only 10 commitments, but Pruitt did a great job closing deals in the final few days.
With his other job, Alabama came out with a dominating performance in the College Football Playoff semifinal game against Clemson. The Crimson Tide allowed only 6 points and 188 yards in the game.
Pruitt credited Georgia coach Kirby Smart with a blueprint of how to go about the tricky transition. Smart was in the same position two years ago as Alabama pushed for a national championship, while Smart prepared for the jump to Athens, Ga.
“I kind of got to watch Kirby do it two years ago,” Pruitt said. “I came over and watched him try to do the deal at Georgia and get ready for Michigan State and then Clemson. So it’s probably helped me watching him for those three weeks. It’s not an easy deal, but it’s been enjoyable.”
Some Vol fans were upset Pruitt didn’t skip out on the championship run and solely focus Tennessee. He’s appeared to have handled both extremely well. It might even give a little hope into what he can accomplish on Rocky Top once he’s completely on board for the long haul.
WMNL’s Josh Ward discusses Pruitt’s successful month and more on today’s podcast.