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Alabama Announces Hiring Of Former Georgia Assistant Jeremy Pruitt As Defensive Coordinator

Alabama's football program has a new defensive coordinator. 

The Crimson Tide announced this afternoon that they've hired Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who will be replacing Kirby Smart, who's leaving to become the head coach of the Bulldogs. 

Pruitt, 41, was formerly an assistant under Nick Saban at Alabama from 2007-12, coaching the secondary the last three years he was in Tuscaloosa, Ala. 

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From Alabama's release:

“We are excited to announce that Jeremy Pruitt has rejoined our staff at Alabama as defensive coordinator,” Saban said. “He did an outstanding job in the six years he was with us and did the same at Florida State and Georgia after that. Jeremy is obviously an excellent defensive coach, and also does a great job in terms of recruiting and developing relationships with players. We're pleased and happy to have Jeremy and his family back in Tuscaloosa.”

Pruitt played at Alabama and is viewed as an elite recruiter. He should do very well leading the Crimson Tide's defense.