UT finalizing deal with Jeremy Pruitt to be new head coach

UT finalizing deal with Jeremy Pruitt to be new head coach

UT finalizing deal with Jeremy Pruitt to be new head coach

The Vols will officially introduce Pruitt as their 26th head coach at a news conference Thursday evening.

It's also worth noting that teams will have a tenth assistant beginning next year. 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.

After going a dismal 4-8 and 0-8 in the SEC, Tennessee let go of Butch Jones and the hunt was on.

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.

But if Fulmer has really gotten Pruitt to abandon his alma mater to take over the Vols, Tennessee may have just found the guy to make the Big Orange Nation quickly forget everything negative that has happened since John Currie, the AD at the time, fired Butch Jones on November 12.

According to Volquest.com, Fulmer had second interviews with Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker and Pruitt, who was eventually dubbed as the next head football coach. Alabama led the nation in scoring defense and ranked second in total defense a year ago.

Five days after being named the university's athletic director, Phillip Fulmer zeroed in on the longtime defensive coach and current Alabama defensive coordinator as the Vols coach.

Pruitt has won two national championships during his 11-year collegiate coaching career with Florida State in 2013 and Alabama in 2016.

A two-time all-state defense back at Plainview High School, Pruitt played college ball at Middle Tennessee State and Alabama in the mid 90s. If Pruitt comes to UT, he is expected to attempt to convince Bama linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi to join him. He is also viewed by many as one of the top recruiters in the sport, .

Once word leaked that Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano had been tabbed for the job, an outcry from alumni, fans, former players and politicians ultimately squashed the deal. Fulmer took over for John Currie, who was suspended just eight months into the job as Tennessee investigates whether it can fire him for cause. Pruitt was a 2013 finalist for the Broyles Award.

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