DC Candidate: Jeremy Pruitt

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is set interview another candidate for the defensive coordinator position. Noledigest learned late Thursday night that Alabama defensive back's coach Jeremy Pruitt will likely head to Tallahassee on Friday to meet with Fisher.

Pruitt has been the defensive back's coach on Nick Saban's defense for three years now and might have the tools Fisher is looking for to fill the void left from former defensive coordinator Mark Stoops' departure.

Pruitt was promoted to the position in 2010 when the previous defensive back's coach, Kirby Smart, was promoted to be the defensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide.

In his first season the defensive backfield had a lot of new faces on the field with the loss of starters Javier Arenas (CB), Kareem Jackson (CB) and Justin Woodall (S) following the 2009 National Championship. Under the tutelage of Pruitt, the young group came together quickly and helped Alabama lead the SEC in total defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense.

The following season the Alabama secondary was one of the best in the nation with a pair of AFCA first-team All-Americans in Mark Barron (S) and DeQuan Menzie (CB).

This season the ‘Tide once again overcame the loss of NFL Draft picks in Barron, Kirkpatrick, and Menzie to become one of the nation's top units. The unit has intercepted 17 passes, ranks sixth in passing defense, and eighth in passing efficiency defense.

Pruitt joined the Alabama staff as Director of Player Development in 2007 after a successful stint as an assistant coach at Hoover (Ala.) High School. At Hoover, he served for three seasons as defensive backs coach with the final two as the defensive coordinator. He tutored a defense that helped the Bucs reach the Class 6A state championship in 2004, 2005 and 2006, winning titles in 2004 and 2005. Pruitt served as an assistant coach under his father, Dale Pruitt, at Fort Payne High School from 2001-03.

Pruitt began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Alabama during the 1997 season, working under defensive backs coach Curley Hallman. After one year on the UA staff, Pruitt joined his father's staff at Plainview High School as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator in 1998 and 2000. He spent one season as defensive backs coach at the University of West Alabama, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1999.

Pruitt played at both Middle Tennessee and Alabama before becoming a coach.

Perhaps equally important as his coaching ability is his presence in the recruiting world. Pruitt has been named recruiter of the year by various recruiting services, with the most recent by ESPN who named him the top recruiter in the SEC for 2012. And it's not just for his ability to do it in Alabama. Pruitt has been the lead recruiter on many players from Florida such as receivers Eddie Williams and Chris Black.


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