Penn State Wide Receivers Coach Josh Gattis leaving for Alabama
Third Assistant to Leave the Nittany Lions
Since the end of the 2017 football season, Penn State has lost three assistant coaches to other programs. The first coach that left the program was Offensive Coordinator Joe Moorhead. Moorhead accepted the head-coaching job at Mississippi State before the Fiesta Bowl. Running backs coach Charles Huff then followed Moorhead to Mississippi State. Wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, Josh Gattis, leaving for Alabama is the third assistant to leave the Nittany Lions this offseason.
Career with Penn State
Josh Gattis arrived in Happy Valley four seasons ago with head coach James Franklin. Since his arrival, Gattis has been an instrumental part of the recruiting and developing teams at Penn State. Gattis played a large part in turning Chris Godwin into a second-round NFL draft pick. Furthermore, he assisted DaeSean Hamilton in becoming the Nittany Lions’ all-time receptions leader in 2017. The Nittany Lion offense saw an increase in the amount of receivers used every game under his leadership, oftentimes utilizing at least five different receivers a game.
In 2015, Gattis was named Big Ten Recruiter of the Year. He helped Penn State to a top 15 recruiting class in 2015. He leaves the program having helped sign the top receiver in the 2018 class, Justin Shorter, along with several other talented receivers.
Looking Ahead to Alabama
While Penn State assistant coach Josh Gattis leaving for Alabama may be a blow for the Nittany Lions, it is definitely a gain for the Tide. In the last seven seasons, Gattis has had his hand in producing three All-Americans. He is a talented recruiter and player developer. With head coach Nick Saban promoting Mike Locksley to offensive coordinator there was a need for a wide receivers coach. Gattis will be named the Tide’s new wider receiver coach in addition to being named co-offensive coordinator.
What’s Next for the Nittany Lions?
Less than two months into the offseason, James Franklin will have to replace the third Penn State assistant. The Nittany Lions currently have a top five 2018 recruiting class. Penn State finished in the top ten for the 2017 season. James Franklin will have to move quickly to find a replacement that can fill the shoes of Gattis.
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