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Reports: Alabama hires WR coach Josh Gattis away from Penn State

Josh Gattis
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While Mike Locksley’s promotion to offensive coordinator isn’t official, it appears Alabama is going to fill his old spot as receivers coach with Penn State’s Josh Gattis.

Gattis, 34, has worked for James Franklin for the past six years – the first two at Vanderbilt and the past four at Penn State. Gattis has been Penn State’s receiving coach and offensive recruiting coordinator in his time in State College.

FootballScoop.com was the first to report the news, and ESPN and Fox Sports also say it’s happening. Fox also reported that Gattis is expected to become co-OC with Locksley. In that scenario, Locksley would call the plays, but having the co-coordinator title would mean a bigger salary for Gattis.

Gattis has gotten high marks both for his coaching skills and his recruiting abilities.

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Gattis, who was a star safety at Wake Forest, played two seasons in the NFL (2007-08) after finishing his college career, then got into coaching. He has zoomed up the ranks, first serving as a GA at North Carolina in 2010, then receivers coach at Western Michigan in 2011 before being hired by Franklin at Vandy following the ’11 season.

Notable in his one season at Western Michigan is that Jordan White caught 140 passes for 1,911 yards and 17 TDs. The yardage total is fourth-most in a season in FBS history, while the receptions total is tied for fourth-most in a season.

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