It appears that Mark Richt is on the verge of filling a significant vacancy on his defensive coaching staff… and it’s a doozy.
First reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and subsequently confirmed by ESPN‘s Mark Schlabach, Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is expected to accept the same position at Georgia. Pruitt would replace Todd Grantham, who left just two days ago to take the coordinator job at Louisville.
The Journal-Constitution reported that the 39-year-old Pruitt is in Athens Tuesday, where he was meeting with Richt and the rest of the coaching staff. There’s been no official word from UGA on filling the coaching void, although that should come at some point this week if not today.
Pruitt, who’s expected to sign a contract worth $850,000 annually, spent just one season with the Seminoles, but what a season it was.
The Pruitt-led defense played a significant role in FSU’s BCS title, finishing at or near the top of every major statistical category. Following the 2013 regular season, Pruitt was named as one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach.
Prior to his short stint with the ‘Noles, Pruitt had spent the previous six years at Alabama, including the last three as Nick Saban‘s defensive backs coach.
UPDATED 4:44 p.m. ET: Following up on reports from earlier in the day, Georgia confirmed via a press release that it has hired Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to the same post with the Bulldogs.
“I’m ecstatic,” said UGA head coach Mark Richt in a very brief statement.
“This is an outstanding professional and personal opportunity,” said Pruitt. “I’m looking forward to meeting the current players and getting on the road to visit with recruits.”