Alabama Football championship 2018, Live stream. Alabama’s Jeremy Pruitt juggles CFP title game vs. Georgia and new job with Vols
Alabama CB Levi Wallace was an unranked, unrecruited prospect in the 2014 class. Calvin Ridley, Minkah Fitzpatrick and 15 other Alabama starters were four- or five-star recruits ranked among the best players in their respective high school recruiting classes. There are also three Tide starters who were overlooked three-star prospects and two who, unfathomably, were unranked walk-ons.
Whether it was a successful one depends on what happens against Georgia in tonight’s national championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. If his Crimson Tide defense can slow down the Bulldogs’ top-20 scoring offense and star running backs Sony Michel and Nick Chubb, the 43-year-old will have another championship ring to show off in Knoxville.
If it can’t, the title will go to Kirby Smart, the coach who let him go two years ago at Georgia. So it goes in an all-SEC matchup loaded with weird coaching cross-pollination. The good news for Alabama is that Pruitt seems equipped to handle the situation. He coordinated the dominant defense that helped Florida State win the 2013 national title.
He saw Smart juggle both roles at Georgia two years ago, and Tide defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley said Pruitt has handled the situation “like a pro.