According to multiple reports, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has agreed to be Tennessee’s next head football coach.

Pruitt has been at Alabama since 2016. The defensive unit he will leave behind in Tuscaloosa finished the 2017 regular season ranked №2 nationally in total defense. Before his tenure with the Tide, Pruitt worked as the defensive coordinator at Georgia in 2014 and 2015 and held the same position at Florida State in 2013.

Pruitt is a native of Rainsville, AL and an alumnus of the University of Alabama. He played defensive back at UA in 1995 and 1996. Pruitt was a graduate assistant for the Tide in 1997 and then subsequently held various positions coaching high school football from 1998 until 2006. After his stint at the high school level, Pruitt became a defensive assistant at Alabama from 2007 until 2012 when he left to be the DC at Florida State.

Pruitt is also known as an elite recruiter. He was named the national recruiter of the year by 247 Sports in 2012. He has been a staff member on three national championship winning teams and has never led a squad as a defensive coordinator that finished lower than №17 nationally in total defense.

A press conference to introduce Pruitt as the Vols’ head coach is expected to occur on Thursday but has not yet been announced.


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