Less than 24 hours after losing linebacker’s coach James Willis to Texas Tech, Alabama announced the hiring of a new assistant.
Director of Player Development Jeremy Pruitt got the promotion to defensive assistant in a news release that did not specify the exact nature of the position. His old job did not allow him to instruct players on or off the field, but now the former Crimson walk-on can resume that part of his career.
“I would like to thank Coach Saban and Coach Smart for this great opportunity,” said Pruitt in a news release. “Growing up, I always dreamed of someday playing at Alabama and then hopefully coaching at Alabama so this is really special. There isn’t a better place anywhere to learn on the defensive side of the ball as an assistant coach and I am excited to get started.”
Coming to Alabama in 2007, Pruitt was a defensive backs coach at Hoover High School during its run of four straight 6A championship game appearances and titles in 2004 and ’05. His coaching career began in 1997 as a graduate assistant before moving on for the Plainview High School staff for one season under his father, Dale Pruitt.
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From there, he returned to the college ranks at West Alabama where he coached defensive backs and completed his college degree. Three seasons of coaching under his father at Fort Payne led him to Hoover where he enjoyed many successes and was featured in the MTV reality show “Two-A-Days.”
Coming out of Plainview as a two-time all-state football player, Pruitt played his first two collegiate seasons at Middle Tennessee State before transferring to Alabama as a preferred walk-on. He played two seasons as a back-up defensive back in 1995 and 1996.