A New Beginning

ATHENS – Georgia has its new defensive coordinator.

Jeremy Pruitt, who helped Florida State win the national title last week, will become the next defensive coordinator at Georgia.

Sources have conformed that Pruitt toured offices today in Athens. The University is required by law to post the opening for a set amount of days – so actual confirmation from the school will not be immanent – but multiple outlets have confirmed the hiring.

Sources have said Pruitt would get a substantial pay bump in his move to Georgia for the 2014 season. The Bulldogs also considered Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart for the job, but for the second time since 2010, the details between Smart and Georgia were not worked out.

Pruitt went to Tallahassee after a stint at Alabama where he was the defensive backs coach and named one of the top recruiters in the country. Georgia's group in the secondary is very talented, but very young. No doubt, Pruitt has made a name for himself after graduating from West Alabama in 1999. He played at Alabama and Middle Tennessee in college – moving around a lot in those days. While in Tuscaloosa, Pruitt roomed with Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend. He settled down in the Birmingham area after college and eventually got on at Alabama as "Director of Player Development" in 2007.

Sources say Pruitt is expected to get a massive raise from the $500,000 salary he received at Florida State. An article in the Tallahassee Democrat on January 4th reported that the Noles planned on offering an overall 17% raise to their staff members following the trip to the BCS National Title Game.

ESPN's Mark Schlabach has tweeted that Pruitt will be paid $850,000 annually - the same amour former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was paid before leaving for Louisville.

Pruitt's buyout from Florida State only kicks in if he is named a college head coach or goes to the NFL. If he left to go to Georgia, his contract calls for a $75,000 buyout after the first year of the contract.

Under Pruitt, the Bulldogs are expected to remain as a 3-4 defense. One of the top recruits in the 2014 class, Norcross DE/OLB Lorenzo Carter told Scout.com's Chad Simmons that he didn't know Pruitt well, but that he was certain he would talk with him more in the future. Carter is expected to make an offical visit to Athens on January 31st along with MLK CB Wesley Green.

Pruitt is expected to coach the defensive backs at Georgia, which is what he coached at Florida State and Alabama.

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