Alabama hires WR coach Josh Gattis away from Penn State

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FootballScoop was the first to report the news and was quickly followed up by Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman.

The exodus of Penn State offensive assistants continued Friday when wide receivers coach Josh Gattis left to join the Alabama staff. Gattis' work on the recruiting trail, paired with a loaded receiving corps of players he recruited and coached, makes this move one of Penn State's more challenging positions to replace this offseason - and it's been an offseason full of staff changes.

Last season, Gattis helped coached a Penn State passing unit that ranked No. 23 in the nation averaging 290.2 yards per game through the air. Last week, he hired former Army assistant David Corley as running backs coach. While at Vanderbilt, Gattis served as Franklin's recruiting coordinator and he assists with special teams at Penn State.

There's a chance Saban could add a quarterback coach given the addition of a 10th assistant.

Alabama's offensive staff now has Mike Locksley as offensive coordinator, Burton Burns at running backs coach and Gattis at wide receivers coach.

Gattis, the 2015 Scout.com recruiter of the year, is also rated as the No. 14 recruiter during this 2018 cycle per 247Sports. Gattis is also a talented recruiter and helped the Nittany Lions secure four consecutive Top 25 classes, including Top 15 classes in two of the last three seasons.

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