The worst kept secret in Tallahassee is officially out, Florida State has its next defensive coordinator and have also hired a defensive ends coach to boot.
Jeremy Pruitt, the former Alabama DB's coach and DC at Hoover High School (famous for its appearance on the show Two-a-Days), will be the next defensive coordinator at Florida State. Per Bob Ferrante, Pruitt is scheduled to make 540,000 dollars annual, just a hair less than what Mark Stoops made to coach the Seminole defense.
“This is a great opportunity for me to join another one of the top college football programs in the country and take over as defensive coordinator for one of the best defenses out there,” Pruitt said through a Florida State press release. “I really appreciate Coach Fisher and his staff in welcoming me to the Seminole family. I’ve enjoyed my time at Alabama and am grateful to Coach Saban and my Crimson Tide family for their support in preparing me as I begin the next chapter in my coaching career.”
Said Jimbo Fisher: “I’m very excited to add Jeremy to our staff. He brings a lot to the table. He’s one of the bright young coaches in college football. He’s done an outstanding job at Alabama and in the past as a great high school coach. He’s also a good recruiter, but most importantly of all, he’s a great person. I’m really looking forward to him coming to Florida State and helping us to continue achieving the success that we’ve had and will continue to have. We’re very fortunate to be adding him to our program.”
Jimbo also joked that he'd made Nick Saban mad, Alabama had attempted to retain Pruitt but he opted to take the promotion and will now run the defense at FSU. Fisher said he's known Pruitt since his time at LSU (when Pruitt coached at Hoover) and that he had been near the top of his shortlist all along.
The Seminoles also added DE Coach Sal Sunseri, formerly of Alabama and Tennessee. Sunseri comes in with a very good pedigree, having coached a number of NFL players in his career, and may also help to coach the special teams unit.
Sunseri will make 199,000 annually (once again, per Bob Ferrante). He has been at practice all week but it took his paperwork processing before the Seminoles could make an announcement.
Florida State still needs to hire another coach or two, their staff next year is not yet finalized, and it's also possible that they could yet lose another coach to a promotion before all is said and done. For now though, there are two new coaches officially on staff for 2013. Sunseri will coach in the Orange Bowl, meanwhile Pruitt will stay on staff with 'Bama through the BCS Championship game.