Remember when the Georgia Bulldogs hired Jeremy Pruitt as their defensive coordinator about a week ago? Yeah, it looks like Pruitt has already been influencing the school’s recuriting in a positive way–no real surpises here.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Mark Bradley wrote a bit about his high expectations for Georgia and Pruitt:
Seriously, though: I can’t help but be impressed by the drive and dispatch shown by Georgia in landing Jeremy Pruitt to replace Todd Grantham. When Grantham was hired, he’d never been a college defensive coordinator, nor had he — or has he even now — been part of a championship team. Pruitt has done both. Heck, at Florida State he just did both.
Bradley goes on to say that Pruitt’s hiring has solidified his projection of the Bulldogs finishing first in the SEC East next season, and also talks about what Pruitt’s hiring says about the outside perception of Georgia.
The Bulldogs would need a fairly big turnaround defensively to finish first in the division (they allowed the second most points in the East and the fourth most in the entire SEC), but Pruitt is already making an impact.
It shouldn’t be all to surprising really. Pruitt’s got experience with the most dominant team college football (Alabama of course) and he just won a National Championship with a Florida State team that many considered the best defensive unit in the country. When he talks to high school prospects about these things, it’s got to leave a pretty good impression on them.
We’ll go over Georgia’s recruiting a bit more in depth at some point, but for now Bulldogs fans should be pretty happy with the number of quality commits Pruitt can potentially help bring to the program.