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Tennessee Reportedly Set To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt, Ending Crazy Search

Tennessee Reportedly Set To Hire Alabama DC Jeremy Pruitt, Ending Crazy Search

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

Jeremy Pruitt hasn't even gone through his official introductory press conference as Tennessee's new head coach yet and he's already been working on putting together his staff with the Vols. Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reports that the Volunteers will raid a rival SEC school and make Jeremy Pruitt their next coach. Pruitt doesn't fall in that category, but it's hard to imagine Vols fans being too upset at a hire with his background of winning whose departure could hypothetically weaken Alabama at the same time.

Pruitt, an Alabama native, has been on Nick Saban's staff at Alabama the past two seasons, directing one of the best defenses in the country. He will continue to coach Alabama through the College Football Playoff. The Tide are the fourth seed this year.

Pruitt spent two seasons as Georgia's defensive coordinator from 2014 to 2015 before returning to Tuscaloosa for the 2016 season.

Born in Rainsville, Alabama, Pruitt has lived and worked in the southeast for most of his life. If Alabama wins, it will move on to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 8. Last season, former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin coached in the Peach Bowl after accepting a head coaching job at Florida Atlantic.

Pruitt's teams put up impressive defensive numbers, often ranking in the top 10 in the country in points and yards per game. In fact, according to a list of salaries released by USA Today earlier this year, he would actually rank No. 73 among college head coaches. He is also viewed by many as one of the top recruiters in the sport, . Elite Pruitt recruits who have found success in the National Football League include Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Over the years, Pruitt has managed to land an all-star list of commitments for Alabama, Georgia and Florida State from the likes of RB Derrick Henry, RB T.J. Yeldon, DB Jalen Ramsey, LB Dylan Moses, DE Lorenzo Carter, LB Mack Wilson, LB Reggie Ragland, LB Roquan Smith, LB Ryan Anderson, LB C.J. Mosley and OL Alphonse Taylor.

His first job was a P.E. teacher for kindergarten through second graders.