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Tide's Pruitt named SEC's top recruiter

February, 3, 2012
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Good luck in selecting the top recruiter on Alabama's staff.

The fact is that the Crimson Tide's entire recruiting operation is without peer, which is why they're so good at pulling in top talent every year under Nick Saban.

But for the 2012 class, one of Alabama's coaches rose above. Jeremy Pruitt, who coaches the Alabama secondary, has been named by the ESPN recruiting team as the Recruiter of the Year in the SEC.

Pruitt is anything but a hired gun, either. He's the essence of a guy who's worked his way up at Alabama after playing for the Crimson Tide in the mid-1990s. He worked as a graduate assistant on Alabama's staff, also coached high school football in the state, and then returned to his alma mater in 2007 as Saban's Director of Player Development. Pruitt was promoted by Saban to secondary coach in 2010, and it's been a move that has paid off in more ways than one.

Among the 2012 signees that Pruitt was the point man for was ESPNU 150 running back T.Y. Yeldon, who flipped from Auburn to Alabama.

Pruitt also nabbed ESPNU 150 receivers Eddie Williams and Chris Black from the state of Florida, and top junior college cornerback Travell Dixon, who will push to start in 2012.

Again, Pruitt is hardly alone when it comes to dogged recruiters on Alabama's staff. Kirby Smart, Burton Burns, Chris Rumph and Bobby Williams have all received accolades for their recruiting prowess over the years.

Around the SEC, other assistants that received honorable mention this year by the ESPN recruiting folks were Florida's D.J. Dirken, Georgia's Todd Grantham, Vanderbilt's Sean Spencer and South Carolina's Lorenzo Ward.

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