The Aggies search for a defensive coordinator appears to be over as Kevin Sumlin has reportedly tapped Mark Snyder to lead the Texas A&M defense into the SEC in 2012, according to Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com. Snyder spent the last two seasons as the DC at the University of South Florida.
Snyder was the linebacker coach under Jim Tressel at Ohio State when the Buckeyes won the 2002 national title. He took over as defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes in 2004. Ohio State allowed an average of 332 yards and 18.2 points per game in 2004.
Snyder then took the head coaching job at Marshall in 2005 and coached there until 2009. He has spent the past two years as the DC at USF. In his first year in Tampa, the Bulls defense allowed 317 yards and 20 points per game. The Bulls defense totaled 89 tackles for losses and 30 sacks.
In 2011, USF gave up 351 yards and 22 points per game. The Bulls defense tallied 99 tackles for losses and 39 sacks.
Snyder has extensive experience recruiting Florida and should help the Aggies in that area. Sumlin appears to be emphasizing recruiting with each of his assistant coaching hires. Snyder fits that criteria.
The conventional wisdom is that Snyder is going to be allowed to select his own defensive staff to go along with defensive line coach Terrell Williams, who Sumlin retained from the previous staff. Do not be surprised if the rest of the open positions on defense are filled by the end of the national coaching convention this week in San Antonio.
The Aggies have a big recruiting weekend coming up on January 13, and it was important that they had a defensive coordinator in place when the defensive recruits visited.