Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Pruitt's impact will be felt, but when?
By Corey Dowlar
Jeremy Pruitt's rise to defensive coordinator at Florida State University was a quick one.
Officially announced as Mark Stoops' replacement on Dec. 20, Pruitt arrives in Tallahassee as one of the young stars in the college football world. Both on and off the field.
As a tireless recruiter, Pruitt has done nothing but help his own stock. At his previous stop with Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa, Ala., he dominated the I-10 corridor in Alabama all the way to Jacksonville, Fla.
In helping Alabama to a top-ranked class in 2012, Pruitt was responsible, or played a major role in, landing five-star prospect Eddie Williams, four-star Chris Black, four-star T.J. Yeldon, four-star Ryan Anderson and four-star Alphonse Taylor.
Those that follow recruiting closely know those names speak for themselves. And though he's departing shortly, he has helped Alabama continue to recruit at a high level in 2013 with guys like four-star Demarcus Walker and four-star Derrick Henry, among others.
But for all of that success, some critics will claim that is only because he's got the Crimson Tide "A" on his shirt. Well, that's true, he does indeed.
Florida State, though, hasn't exactly underperformed on the recruiting trail either. The Seminoles finished first in ESPN's team rankings for 2011 and second in 2012.
It's difficult to say whether Pruitt's impact will be felt for Florida State during this recruiting cycle. He could help out with five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil, but it might not make any difference, either.
Come 2014, FSU fans should be able to tell with a better degree of certainty. And if his success continues in the same areas that he recruited for Alabama, Seminoles fans will be a happy bunch.