Jeremy Pruitt's Gold Mine

At the end of last season former Alabama defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt became Florida State's new defensive coordinator. What he found when he got to Florida State was a gold mine of talent. So much that the only team, star rankings wise, that comes out ahead of the Seminoles is his former employer Alabama.

Florida State's two-deep depth chart came out earlier this week. The Defensive portion included ten five-stars, seven four-stars, seven three-stars and one two-star. When comparing the defensive two-deep depth charts for both Alabama and Florida State we found that Alabama has an average star ranking of 4.07 compared to Florida State's 4.04 average. The Seminoles actually lead the Crimson tide when it comes the amount of five-star players in their defensive two deep ten to eight.

Florida State's defensive two-deep average star ranking is higher than the Seminoles oldest rival Florida (4.00, five five-stars), Notre Dame (3.82, four five-stars), and LSU (3.71, three five-stars). Florida State also has more than double the amount of five-stars on their defensive two-deep than any team in the Atlantic Coast Conference has recruited on offense or defense in the last four years (Clemson and Miami both have five).

Defensive Two Deep Star Rankings.

While Pruitt did inherit the gold mine, he didn't waste any time adding to it when he flipped four-star defensive end Demarcus Walker the day before he early enrolled and five-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey the day before signing day. He was also crucial in landing five-star linebacker Mathew Thomas. All three of them are listed on Florida States two deep.

While no one is sure what Jeremy Pruitt will bring to Florida State's defensive scheme, one thing that everyone is sure about is his prowess as a recruiter. Pruitt has gotten off to a hot start in 2014 as the lead recruiter for seven verbal commitments including five-star Kain Daub, four-star Jacob Pugh, and four-star Trey Marshall. He has been and will continue to be one of the leading factors in five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey's recruitment. Pruitt used to coach at Hoover high school in Alabama where Humphrey attends and still has a good relationship with the coaches there.

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