Just moments after Penn State announced their new wide receivers coach, former wide receivers coach Josh Gattis announced his return to the Big Ten
Gattis has been named offensive coordinator at the University of Michigan, after spending last season as the wide receivers coach and co-OC at Alabama. He had spent the previous four seasons at Penn State and spent six total years on James Franklin's staff. He split play-calling duties with new Maryland head coach Mike Locksley while in Tuscaloosa. Just hours before Gattis' appointment at Michigan, it had been reported he would be following Locksley to College Park as the Terps' offensive coordinator.
OFFICIAL: @CoachJim4UM tabs Josh Gattis as Michigans new Sanford Robertson Offensive Coordinator.
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) January 10, 2019
Penn State's receivers consistently ranked at the top of the conference in receiving yards and touchdowns under Gattis, with Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton being his two most notable Nittany Lion pupils. Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy won the 2018 Biletnikoff Award in his lone season under Gattis.
This would be the first time Gattis has complete control of an offense, depending on the fate of Pep Hamilton in Ann Arbor, but the 34-year old has already made a name for himself as a fantastic recruiter. He was the lead recruiter on guys like Justin Shorter, Jahan Dotson, Shaka Toney, and Michigan native KJ Hamler, just to name a few. His familiarity with the midwest could cause some troubles for the pipeline the Nittany Lions are trying to create in that part of the country.
The Nittany Lions will welcome the Wolverines and Gattis back to Happy Valley on October 19.