The University of Georgia is making an investment in DeKalb County native Jeremy Pruitt.
The school announced a raise and contract extension for Pruitt, who just finished his first year as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator.
Pruitt signed a three-year deal when he went to Athens after serving as Florida State’s defensive coordinator for the 2013 national championship season. He signed a three-year pact, and the new deal restores that year to his contract.
The university also announced a raise, from $800,000 a year to $1.3 million a year.
“Our defense has performed overall at a very high level this season and much of it is due to Jeremy’s leadership,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “It’s important that we solidify his tenure at Georgia and continue to build our defense in all areas including recruiting, coaching and player development.”
Georgia went 10-3 in 2014, finishing a game behind Missouri for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division championship. The Bulldogs’ season ended this week with a satisfying 37-14 win over Louisville in the Belk Bowl.
The Cardinals’ coaching staff included Pruitt’s predecessor as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham.
Pruitt’s father is Plainview coach Dale Pruitt, and his son was the Bears’ senior quarterback in 2014, Jayse Pruitt.
Jeremy Pruitt was an assistant coach under his father at Fort Payne and Plainview, and also worked as an assistant at Hoover High School and at the University of West Alabama before joining Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama in 2007 as the director of player development.
He helped Alabama to the 2009, 2011 and 2012 national championships before moving to FSU.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity plans a contract extension for Richt and other staff members as well in the coming days. The Bulldogs already lost offensive coordinator Mike Bobo to Colorado State, where he became the head coach before the Belk Bowl, and Pruitt was reported to be on Texas A&M’s short list for a new defensive coordinator.
The Aggies instead went with John Chavis of LSU, although the AJC did say Pruitt has been approached about openings at other programs.