Pruitt hire could bring positive effects for UGA on recruiting front

Georgia’s decision to name Jeremy Pruitt defensive coordinator will bring more to the program than just scheme.

Pruitt, the defensive coordinator who helped Florida State to a national championship, is also known throughout the south as one of the best all-around recruiters in the game. national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons has had a few run-ins with Pruitt and knows enough about him to say Georgia has made the right move just days prior to a critical period for recruiting.

“This guy is well-liked, well-respected, and he gets after it on the recruiting trail,” Simmons said prior to Georgia making the hire official. “Pruitt is that good on the road and I bet when this becomes official, he will be on the phone immediately with Zo (Lorenzo) Carter, Wesley Green, etc.”

Carter, a five-star defensive end from Norcross, is considered by Scout to be the top-ranked player at his position in the country.

While it isn’t yet clear how Pruitt’s arrival at Georgia will affect Carter’s decision, the senior vocalized his relationship with the former Florida State defensive coordinator on Fox Sports’ “The New College Football Show” earlier this week.

“Coach Pruitt and Coach (Sal) Sunseri, they came from an Alabama program with great defense, and I think they brought it down to Tallahassee,” Carter said prior to Pruitt’s departure from Florida State. “It’s just an opportunity for me to go down there and play for the defending national champs.”

Carter has his choices narrowed down to Florida, Florida State, LSU and Georgia at the moment, and in no particular order.

It will be interesting to see how Carter’s relationship with Pruitt translates as the countdown to National Signing Day dwindles.

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