Knoxville radio station WNML first reported that Pruitt had accepted the job. 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.
Throughout his impressive time as an assistant coach, Pruitt has coached 34 National Football League draft picks. Tennessee went 4-8 this season and set a school record for losses. Like Kirby Smart two years ago, Pruitt is expected to juggle both roles - Vols head coach and Alabama DC - during the Tide's playoff run. He replaces Butch Jones, who was sacked after going 34-27 overall and 14-24 in SEC play in five seasons in Knoxville.
According to Football Scoop, Pruitt has had discussions with former Vol and current Colorado State cornerbacks coach Terry Fair about joining his staff at Tennessee. Alabama led the nation in scoring defense and ranked second in total defense previous year.
The 43-year-old is widely recognized as an excellent recruiter and was a Broyles Award finalist 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.
Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, Pruitt served as the defensive coordinator at Georgia (2014-15) and Florida State (2013). Being the "main man" on campus and steering the ship can turn even the best of coaches into a shell of their former self. However, Lupoi's lofty salary is also based on his recruiting ability. He played at Alabama from 2008-12 (which means Pruitt coached him).
Anyway, here's what we think Pruitt's staff could look like at Tennessee.
Pruitt was also a recent finalist for the Mississippi State head coaching position, but the Bulldogs hired Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead on November 28. Fulmer, Tennessee's Hall of Fame football coach, took over as athletic director last Friday following the termination of Currie.