When former Florida State Seminoles defensive coordinator Mark Stoops accepted the head coaching position for the Kentucky Wildcats, a lot of people called into question what exactly would happen to one of the best defensive units in the land over the past few seasons. Losing star players like Bjoern Werner, Brandon Jenkins, and Xavier Rhodes was enough for FSU fans to deal with.
But then, the Seminoles were granted a gift from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Back in late December, Florida State announced the hiring of Alabama Crimson Tide defensive backs coach Jeremy Pruitt, and the response could have not been more favorable. Just the allure alone of the school that he was coming from was enough to get the ‘Noles fans’ blood pumping with anticipation.
Pruitt brings with him two national championship rings from his time on the Alabama staff and, of course, having also spent much time working under the man who currently runs the college football universe, Nick Saban. He also brings with him the reputation of being a very persuasive recruiter.
How persuasive, you ask?
Well, a few hours after Alabama secured their third national title in four years, 5-star defensive end Demarcus Walker decided that he would rather follow Pruitt to Tallahassee than stick with his verbal commitment to Tuscaloosa. The effects of Jeremy Pruitt were felt immediately.
But now, with spring practice underway for the Seminoles, it’s time for Jeremy Pruitt to get to work on his main job, and that’s getting a revamped FSU defense ready for the 2013 season. And so far, it’s been nothing short of an adventure for the defensive unit.
Since spring practice began, Pruitt has been showing his defensive unit tapes of the Alabama defense and breaking them down piece by piece. Giving his players the insight on how that machine works was a good way to start things off. It’s one thing to watch that Tide defense on television every week and marvel at it as we do, but it’s another to have someone put the pieces of that puzzle together. That’s the advantage that the ‘Noles defense has.
The athletes are there for Pruitt to put this all together the way he wants. Whether or not he will remains to be seen. Certainly, we’ll have a better indication of his progress after the spring game on April 13.