Jimbo Fisher's staff of impressive recruiters became stronger Saturday, as AggieYell.com learned early Saturday that Ole Miss LB coach Bradley Dale Peveto will take the same position at Texas A&M.
Peveto, 55, spent a single season in Oxford after his second of two stints at LSU under Les Miles. While he has a significant history as a position coach in the SEC, his calling card fits what Fisher and the Aggies have been looking for: an outstanding recruiter who does especially well in Louisiana and East Texas.
A native of Orangefield (a short distance east of Beaumont), Peveto graduated from SMU in 1987 and was a member of two SWC champion teams during his playing career. After stops at Southern Miss and Stephen F. Austin, Peveto got his first crack at the SEC as the linebackers and special teams coach at Arkansas. After two seasons in Fayetteville, he took the defensive coordinator position at Northwestern State. Peveto's defenses put together three solid seasons and were ranked as high as 3rd in 1-AA in 1998.
Peveto then moved to Houston for four seasons as the Cougars' co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. After a couple of seasons at Middle Tennessee, Peveto joined Miles' first staff at LSU.
He assembled some of the Tigers' best special teams units in school history from 2005-2007, and the defense was ranked in the top 5 nationally each of those three years. He was promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2008 as LSU continued its roll of dominance, winning 11 games three times and a BCS national championship.
Peveto returned to Northwestern State as the head coach after the 2008 season, but struggled to a 14-30 record from 2009-12. He immediately jumped back into the SEC as the special teams coordinator at Kentucky in 2013, and was back in Baton Rouge in 2014. He resumed his roles as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach at LSU, leaving after his dismissal by Ed Orgeron after the 2016 season.
Like the rest of the Ole Miss defense, Peveto's linebackers had a tough go of it in 2016, but he was also forced to rebuild the unit on the fly. Senior DeMarquis Gates, however, had an outstanding season with 114 tackles and 10 tackles for loss.
What has helped Peveto stand out isn't his work as a position coach, but as a recruiter. He has been considered one of the SEC's best for a number a of years and has been a thorn in the Aggies' side during his time at LSU. He was the lead recruiter for Texas natives S Eric Monroe, OL Toby Weathersby and LB Kyle Prater and has had great success across Louisiana. During his short stint at Ole Miss, he picked up two linebacker commits for the Rebels.
Peveto is another outstanding recruiter who joins a staff that is now loaded with them. Peveto is a Texas guy with ties throughout the state, but perhaps more importantly are his years recruiting Louisiana. At their best, the Aggies have been a recruiting power in Houston, East Texas and Louisiana; while they're doing exceedingly well in Houston right now, Peveto could potentially open doors at Galena Park Northshore and Houston Lamar that have been closed to A&M for quite a while. He's had success there in the past. His the importance of his skill in recruiting Louisiana can't be overstated.
While Peveto will primarily be the linebackers coach at A&M, he's had better success as as special teams coach. His units at LSU were consistently outstanding, and it's a safe bet he'll be at least involved with the special teams at A&M moving forward.
Any time you can add someone with more than a decade of proven success recruiting critical areas for your program, you take it and run. That's what the Aggies did with the addition of Peveto.