Reports: Alabama to hire Georgia DC Jeremy Pruitt to same position

Jeremy Pruitt is reportedly headed back to Tuscaloosa to be Alabama's new DC. (USATSI)

Alabama is reportedly expected hire Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to work in the same role at Alabama, with Kirby Smart taking the Georgia coaching job.

According to ESPN and, Pruitt is expected to be named Alabama’s defensive coordinator in a move that many anticipated when word got out that Smart did not plan on retaining Pruitt in Athens.

Pruitt was the director of player development at Alabama from 2007-09 before taking over as defensive backs coach from 2010-12. He left Tuscaloosa in 2013 to become Florida State’s defensive coordinator, where the Seminoles won a national title, before leaving for Georgia in 2014.

Bringing Pruitt in makes a lot of sense for the Tide, as they will want to keep as much continuity as possible despite losing Smart. Pruitt, having spent many years there, accomplishes that goal and he is widely considered one of the nation’s top recruiters.

There are no details on what Pruitt’s contract will be, but Smart was one of the nation’s highest paid assistants last year, making $1.5 million and Pruitt wasn’t far behind, making $1.3 million at Georgia.

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