Vols go with the unknown by hiring Jeremy Pruitt

Jeremy Pruitt

From 2014-15, Pruitt coordinated the No. 7 and No. 17 overall defense in the country while at Georgia.

In 2007, Pruitt joined Nick Saban's inaugural staff at Alabama under the title director of player personnel. As defensive coordinator, Pruitt helped lead Alabama to the College Football Playoffs in both 2016 and 2017 as his defenses were the best in the nation in scoring defense. Pruitt left the program for Alabama before the Bulldogs' TaxSlayer Bowl game against Penn State.

It was reported earlier today that Pruitt added his first staff member in Colorado State's Will Friend.

That's an annual package worth $3.8 million. Following a successful run with the Tide that included two national championships, Florida State hired Pruitt away in 2013 and they claimed the national title.

Pruitt is in his second season as the Alabama defensive coordinator.

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"Six days ago, I mentioned several attributes that I sought to find in the next leader of our football program, and Coach Pruitt meets all criteria". "Now I'm not sure that he can go in and steal Alabama commits this year, especially given the short window of time, but the future is bright from a recruiting standpoint".

In the 2013 and 2016 seasons, Pruitt was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award given annually to the nation's top assistant coach.

He will earn a base salary of $275,000 and supplemental compensation that amounts to $3,525,000, according to a memorandum of understanding signed Thursday by Pruitt, Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer, school chancellor Beverly Davenport and the university's chief financial officer David Miller. He is viewed as one of the Crimson Tide's top recruiters and was named Rivals Recruiter of the Year during 2010 while serving as the defensive line coach at California. Pruitt has also coached 11 first-team All-Americans.

At long last, the mother of all coaching searches is over.

The story began to pick up steam when Tennessee appeared to have hired Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano.

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