ATHENS, Ga. -- Florida State's Jeremy Pruitt is set to become Georgia's new defensive coordinator, sources close to the situation have told Dawgs247.
As Dawgs247 reported Monday, Pruitt's name emerged quickly as a serious candidate following Todd Grantham's departure Sunday for Louisville. Pruitt reportedly was in Athens on Monday and stayed until Tuesday, according to sources.
(UPDATE 4:31 p.m. -- UGA has now officially announced Pruitt's hire and called a press conference for Wednesday morning)
It is believed that Pruitt held the lone offer from UGA in the Bulldogs' quick search to replace Grantham. The deal is believed to be three years in the range of $850,000 per year, per a source.
In Pruitt, Georgia is getting a coach who has finished the past seasons as a part of a national championship. He was on Alabama's 2011 and 2012 staffs before joining Florida State as defensive coordinator prior to the Seminoles' perfect season and BCS title in 2013.
His background has been in coaching defensive backs, which is likely the role he'll take at UGA as well.
A former defensive back at Alabama under Gene Stallings, Pruitt transferred from Middle Tennessee. In two seasons in Tuscaloosa, Pruitt played alongside current Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend, who remains a close friend.
Pruitt spent time as a coach in the high school ranks before joining Nick Saban's Alabama staff in 2007 as director of player development. He was promoted by Saban to secondary coach prior to the 2010 season, coaching three teams before being hired as the defensive coordinator at Florida State.
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