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Bama assistant expected to coach elsewhere next season

After spending a season with the Crimson Tide, wide receivers coach Josh Gattis is not expected to coach at Alabama next season and is in line for a promotion elsewhere, BamaOnLine has learned. 

Some of the programs rumored to be potential destinations have included Maryland with former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and Temple, among other spots. 

Gattis came to Alabama from Penn State last January after spending four seasons with the Nittany Lions. Prior to that, Gattis had stints at both Vanderbilt and Western Michigan.

The Tide’s wide receiving corps is arguably the nation’s most elite group overall with Jerry Jeudy winning the Biletnikoff Award this season as well as consensus All-American honors. Joining the South Florida standout are DeVonta Smith, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the national championship game against Georgia last year; Henry Ruggs III and Jaylen Waddle, who earned freshman All-American honors. All four will be back next season.

Alabama’s passing attack finished No. 6 in the nation, averaging 323.6 yards per game.

Gattis has had an impact not only on the football field but on the recruiting trail as well. The first year Tide assistant ranked No. 23 in the nation in the 247Sports recruiter rankings. He led the charge on guys like 5-star defensive end Antonio Alfano, 4-star receiver John Metchie and 4-star defensive end Justin Eboigbe, all three of which are signed and enrolling early. 

The Wake Forest grad was one of the bigger additions to the Tide staff last offseason, which had its fair share of coaching turnover. 

Josh Gattis is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff,” Nick Saban said of the hire last year. “He is a sharp, young coach who did a great job at Penn State and Vanderbilt before that, and we believe he will bring great energy to our program. He is an excellent recruiter and knows what he is doing in terms of coaching wide receivers and building relationships with the players.”

The news of Gattis’ departure comes on the heels of Alabama offensive line coach Brent Key opting to head back to his alma mater at Georgia Tech. This leaves the Tide with two on-field coaching vacancies at the moment.

This is nothing new for Nick Saban. Last offseason, Alabama welcomed six new assistants to his staff including Gattis, Dan Enos, Jeff Banks, Karl Scott, Pete Golding and Craig Kuligowski. Having appeared in the College Football Playoff every year of its existence, it comes as no surprise that each offseason other programs look to hire Saban assistants away to try and help achieve similar levels of success. 

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