By Josh Ward
Former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson expects big results from first-year Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Wilson, who played at Alabama from 2004-08, was a guest on WJOX in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday and praised the coaching ability of Pruitt.
“I think he’ll be wildly successful at Tennessee,” Wilson said. “I hope that he has enough success that he can come back and be the head coach at Alabama one day. I think his ability to connect with people is something I’ve never seen.”
Wilson saw Pruitt as a defensive backs coach at Hoover High School in the early 2000s and was playing quarterback at Alabama when Pruitt joined Nick Saban’s staff in 2007.
Wilson could see Pruitt rising as a coach.
“The way he connects with people is unlike I’ve ever seen,” Wilson said. “He’s a great recruiter, and that’s kind of where he got his start to where he rose so fast through Alabama, then at Florida State.”
Pruitt will be challenged to get off to as fast of a start at Tennessee as Kirby Start did at Georgia. The Bulldogs won 21 games in Smart’s first two seasons in Athens, including an SEC championship and national runner-up finish last year.
That’s led to chatter about Georgia’s potential to eventually top Alabama as the top program in the SEC. But Wilson has a bigger concern long-term.
“(Pruitt) scares me more at Tennessee than Kirby does at Georgia,” Wilson said. “Georgia is going to be good, but I think down the road, Jeremy scares me more than Kirby does at Georgia.”
Listen below to Wilson’s entire interview on WJOX.