Jeremy Pruitt is the next defensive coordinator at Georgia.
The hire of Florida State’s Jeremy Pruitt as Georgia’s defensive coordinator means the Bulldogs’ staff now packs quite a punch from a recruiting standpoint.
Pruitt was 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year for the 2012 cycle while an assistant at Alabama (he also finished No. 1 in the 247Sports recruiter rankings) and currently ranks No. 6 in the 247Sports Recruiter Rankings for this cycle (2014). He’s long been known for his recruiting acumen, particularly along the I-10 corridor from Jacksonville, Fla. to Mobile, Ala., an area of the country that annually produces elite talent. Jacksonville, of course, is a recruiting hotbed for Georgia, which plays a game in the city against Florida every season.
Pruitt joins a staff that features another talented recruiter leading the opposite side of the ball- offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Bobo was a finalist for 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year during the 2011 cycle (Sal Sunseri, who was at Alabama and is now on the Florida State staff, won the award, which was determined subjectively at the time) and finished ranked No. 1 in the 247Sports recruiter rankings for that cycle. Bobo also was named Offensive Coordinator of the Year for the 2013 season by 247Sports.
It doesn't stop there. Current Bulldogs running backs coach Bryan McClendon tops the 247Sports recruiter rankings for the 2014 cycle and given that he has major targets like five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter remaining, he has to be considered one of the favorites to finish as the National Recruiter of the Year for this cycle.
Georgia is no stranger to recruiting well. The Bulldogs annually finish in the top 10 in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings, but the hiring of Pruitt, a career college coach who is no stranger to making strong evaluations and landing big targets, gives UGA another “bullet in the chamber” so to speak to fight the ever-tough recruiting wars both in the state of Georgia and throughout the southeast.