Honestly, having watched Alabama and Georgia football for a while, this strikes me as kind of a strange perspective:
Pruitt inherited a talented bunch to work with, but it’s his personality that has earned him the most respect from the players.
“I think he’s just brought us all more together,” Alabama defensive back Marlon Humphrey said. “I feel like he cares more about us that previous coordinators we’ve had. I think that’s always a good thing when you feel you can go up to your defensive coordinator and talk with him about whatever, other than just football.”
Humphrey’s words are strong considering Smart was Alabama’s defensive coordinator for nearly a decade.
It’s only one kid, so take that for what it’s worth. I would bet that Maurice Smith has a different opinion on Smart’s level of care.
Then again, maybe it’s about being around Nick Saban longer.