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  Jeremy Pruitt


Jeremy Pruitt became the newest member of Alabama's coaching staff in January of this year when head coach Nick Saban announced his hiring as an assistant coach on defense. Pruitt, a former defensive back with the Crimson Tide, will work with the secondary.

The defensive backfield will be a point of emphasis this spring with the loss of starters Javier Arenas (CB), Kareem Jackson (CB) and Justin Woodall (S) following last year's National Championship. Pruitt will have Mark Barron back at one of the safety spots and he will contend for All-America honors after leading the SEC with seven interceptions and finishing second on the team with 76 tackles last year as a sophomore.

Pruitt joined the Alabama staff as Director of Player Development in 2007 after a successful stint as an assistant coach at Hoover (Ala.) High School. At Hoover, he served for three seasons as defensive backs coach with the final two as the defensive coordinator. He tutored a defense that helped the Bucs reach the Class 6A State Championship in 2004, 2005 and 2006, winning titles in 2004 and 2005. Pruitt served as an assistant coach under his father, Dale Pruitt, at Fort Payne High School from 2001-03.

Pruitt began his coaching career as a student assistant coach at Alabama during the 1997 season, where he worked under defensive backs coach Curley Hallman. After one year on the UA staff, Pruitt joined his father's staff at Plainview High School as defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator in 1998 and 2000. He spent one season as defensive backs coach at the University of West Alabama, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1999.

During his collegiate career, Pruitt played at both Middle Tennessee and Alabama. He began his career at Middle Tennessee under legendary coach Boots Donnelly, where he was a two-year starter at safety and cornerback for the Blue Raiders.

After his sophomore season, Pruitt transferred to Alabama where he played two seasons under Gene Stallings. As a junior, Pruitt played in nine games and recorded seven tackles. As a senior, Pruitt played in seven games as a backup defensive back and was a member of Alabama's 1996 SEC Western Division Championship team that beat Michigan 17-13 in the Outback Bowl in Tampa.

A two-time all-state defensive back, Pruitt helped Plainview High School to a 48-8 record during his four-year career. He earned All-State honors in both 1991 and 1992.