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Ex-Alabama QB: Pruitt ‘scares me more at Tennessee than Kirby does at Georgia’

After a whirlwind of moves for Tennessee football in the past year, the Volunteers finally settled on a head coaching hire in former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt is one of many former Alabama assistants to land notable head-coaching gigs, including Kirby Smart at Georgia and Jimbo Fisher, now at Texas A&M.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the Pruitt hire and what he will bring to the table, and former SEC quarterbacks are starting to notice the upside.

“He scares me more at Tennessee than Kirby does at Georgia,” former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson said, via CBS Sports. “Georgia is going to be good, but down the road, Jeremy scares me more than Kirby does at Georgia.

“I just think as a head coach, not only recruiting but bringing in other coaches, having a good staff … we haven’t seen Tennessee be really good in 10 years,” Wilson said. “His ability to get them back, he’s got a higher ceiling than Georgia does. And I know the recruiting [Georgia] can do just an hour down the road in Atlanta is pretty strong.

“When Tennessee was good, they were recruiting on a national level. They were getting quarterbacks from everywhere, receivers from everywhere. I think Jeremy has the ability to do that.”

Wilson is not kidding here. Pruitt has been learning how to recruit under Nick Saban, by far the best in the business. Geography works into Tennessee’s favor as well, being sandwiched between Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, not to mention the Carolinas, right in near proximity. Not to mention, Tennessee produces top-tier football talent as well.

Just last year, Tennessee had two of the best wide receiver recruits in the nation, although they both committed to Clemson. Keeping recruits in the Volunteer State will be the first challenge for Pruitt in Knoxville. Recruits from Tennessee have been fleeing to Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Florida State. With the dysfunction in Tennessee hopefull calming down under Pruitt, the program’s future looks solid.