Sources tell FootballScoop that Alabama co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers coach Josh Gattis is expected to join Mike Locksley’s staff at Maryland as offensive coordinator.
To be clear, Gattis at this time works for and is recruiting for Alabama at this time; but sources tell us the position has been offered, and Gattis is expected to accept.
Locks and Gattis have worked the ‘cruiting trails together for Bama this past year and done fairly well for themselves. In a game of Jimmies and Joes, pairing Gattis with Locksley would put other Big Ten programs on notice that the Terps are serious about locking down the DMV.
Before joining Nick Saban’s staff earlier this year, Gattis was a member of James Franklin’s staff at both Vanderbilt (2012-13) and Penn State (2014-17), and also spent a year coaching the receivers at Western Michigan. At all those stops, Gattis has developed receivers that have gone on to break school records, or capture all conference or All-American accolades working with names like Jordan White (WMU), Chris Goodwin (Penn State), Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) and at Alabama this year he mentored a group that had to fill some big shoes, and a number of guys stepped up big for the Tide all year long.
Sources tell us that one potential derailment of Gattis joining Locksley is if App State were to offer them their head coaching job, as we understand that the Mountaineers’ AD Doug Gillin has Gattis on his list of coaches he’s considering interviewing. Playing his college ball just 90 minutes to the East at Wake Forest, Gattis is familiar with the lay of the land at Appalachian State, something that many believe is important in the guy they tab to replace Scott Satterfield.
Final disclaimer: Gattis currently works for Nick Saban. This move only happens with Saban’s blessing. However, at this time, we understand the plan is for Gattis to wind up at Maryland unless Saban decides he has to keep him.
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