That didn’t take long. Sunday night came word that Georgia had lost defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to Louisville. Tuesday afternoon, Georgia hired national champion Florida State’s defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to fill the same role in Athens.
The 39-year-old Pruitt, former secondary coach at Alabama, replaced Mark Stoops at FSU after Stoops became the head coach at Kentucky. Pruitt’s defense helped the Seminoles to an undefeated 14-0 season which included that 34-31 win over Auburn in the BCS title game.
As to local interest, Pruitt will reportedly coach the defensive backs at Georgia, replacing Scott Lakatos, who recently resigned. UK cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley had been mentioned as a possibility for that position, twining with speculation that former Bulldog defensive back Kirby Smart, now the defensive coordinator at Alabama, would be lured by Mark Richt back to Athens.
Ansley and Smart worked together in Tuscaloosa when Ansley was a graduate assistant defensive coach for the Crimson Tide. Ansley coached under Derek Dooley at Tennessee in 2012 before joining Stoops’ staff this past season.
Pruitt was director of player development at Alabama before becoming secondary coach. He is known as an excellent recruiter to the point where he was named “National Recruiter of the Year” by 247 Sports.
Georgia fans will probably see this as an upgrade from the mercurial Grantham, who was very popular his first two seasons in Athens but fell from favor the last two years.
His defense ranked fifth in the nation in total defense in 2011, but fell the last two years. It ranked 27th in 2012 and 45th his past season.
Making $850,000 a year at Georgia, Grantham will receive $1 million a year guaranteed for five seasons. No word yet on Pruitt’s contract.
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