Jeremy Pruitt to be named FSU DC

For Florida State fans it's been a long three weeks since defensive coordinator Mark Stoops announced that he was leaving to become the head coach at the University of Kentucky. But, after a thorough search of the possible candidates to replace him, Jimbo Fisher finally has his guy.

University of Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt has agreed in principle to become the defensive coordinator at Florida State. Terms of the deal are unknown at this time.

Late Thursday night, Noledigest.com learned that Pruitt would be flying in for an interview with Fisher on Friday. Then, Friday afternoon we reported that Fisher liked what he saw in the interview and offered Pruitt the job.

The news has not been officially announced by either of the two schools, but it's most likely that Pruitt will remain with the Crimson Tide through its national championship game against Notre Dame on January 7th.

Pruitt is just 38 years old and has seemingly taken a rocket ship up the coaching ranks over the last six years. In 2006, Pruitt was the defensive coordinator for Alabama power house Hoover high school, who was featured on the MTV show Two-A-Days.

Following the 2006 season, Alabama head coach Nick Saban hired Pruitt to become the Director of Player Development. He remained at that position until 2010 when he was named the defensive backs coach for the ‘Tide.

Since taking over the reins of the secondary, Pruitt's unit has been among the nation's best each season. In addition to his coaching ability, Pruitt has perhaps an even bigger presence on the recruiting trail; an area that Fisher places a heavy emphasis on when making a coaching hire.

Pruitt is one of, if not the top recruiter for the Crimson Tide. He has been named recruiter of the year twice, with the most recent award coming in 2012 when ESPN.com named him the SEC's top overall recruiter. Here's a look at the ‘Tide's commitments in that class in which Pruitt was the lead recruiter on:

T.J. Yeldon, Eddie Williams, Alphonse Taylor, Chris Black, Ryan Anderson, Tyler Hayes, and Caleb Gulledge.

While many folks may look at his recruiting success as a product of wearing the ‘A' on his shirt, that's simply not the case. Whether he landed them or not, each kid that Pruitt recruits has nothing but great things to say about him. At the end of the day, that ‘A' will only get you in the door, it's Pruitt's ability to build relationships that gets him the rest of the way.

Pruitt has become just the third defensive coordinator for the Seminoles in the last 28 seasons.

Pruitt may not have experience at the position, but that doesn't mean he won't still have high expectations. He will have a loaded defense in regards to the personnel available, and it's a unit that is coming off back-to-back seasons as one of the nation's best.


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