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It's Official: Jeremy Pruitt To Alabama

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Alabama replaces a world-class recruiter and defensive coordinator with...a world-class recruiter and defensive coordinator.

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Alabama alum, and former-'Bama staffer, Jeremy Pruitt has been hired to replace outgoing Kirby Smart at defensive coordinator.

Alabama officially hires Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator |

"We are excited to announce that Jeremy Pruitt has rejoined our staff at Alabama as defensive coordinator," Nick Saban said in a statement. "He did an outstanding job in the six years he was with us and did the same at Florida State and Georgia after that. Jeremy is obviously an excellent defensive coach, and also does a great job in terms of recruiting and developing relationships with players. We're pleased and happy to have Jeremy and his family back in Tuscaloosa."

Not only does this help in terms of Xs and Os, but Pruitt is a renowned recruiter as well, winning the National Recruiter of the Year in 2012 when he was on staff with the Crimson Tide.

Recruits react to news of Jeremy Pruitt becoming Alabama's defensive coordinator |

McAdory junior Malcolm Askew nearly committed to Georgia over the summer, due in large part to Pruitt. Georgia was his No. 1 school for several months, but that changed when Mark Richt was fired. Now that Pruitt is coming to Alabama, the four-star athlete could be giving the Crimson Tide a stronger look. "Nothing but #Rolltide," Askew said in a message to

Elberton, Ga., five-star athlete Mecole Hardman told that his feelings for Alabama are a lot higher with Pruitt on board. 2019 high-profile Grayson, Ga., linebacker Owen Pappoe: "I think it's great. He is a really good defensive coordinator and he is a good recruiter also."

Welcome (back) Coach Pruitt.