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Gattis is the Nittany Lions' offensive recruiting coordinator
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• He is entering his eighth season in the coaching ranks and is in his sixth year as a member of James Franklin’s staff.
• In his role as the offensive recruiting coordinator, Gattis has helped the Nittany Lions secure four consecutive Top 25 classes, including Top 15 classes in two of the last three seasons.
• Gattis’ receivers were an impressive group that helped the Nittany Lions claim the 2016 Big Ten Championship, led by junior Chris Godwin, who claimed All-Big Ten accolades for the second-straight season with an appearance on the third team in 2016.
• Godwin broke the Penn State junior record and was second on the program’s season charts with 11 touchdowns catches. He also finished sixth in Penn State history with 982 receiving yards in his junior season.
• He finished his career ranked fourth on Penn State’s receiving yardage chart (2,404) and touchdowns (18), as well as sixth in receptions (153).
• Gattis guided a strong group of wideouts in 2015 with Godwin (second team) and DaeSean Hamilton (honorable mention) earning All-Big Ten honors.
• Godwin became the third player in Penn State history (Bobby Engram & Allen Robinson) to have 1,000 receiving yards in a season with 69 catches afor 1,101 yards.
• Under Gattis’ tuteldge, Hamilton has moved into Penn State’s career Top 10 in receptions (T-4th; 161 rec.) and receiving yards (10th; 1,985).
• Named the 2015 Scout.com Big Ten Recruiter of the Year, Gattis was instrumental in Penn State signing a Top 15 recruiting class in 2015.
• In 2014, Gattis mentored Hamilton, who led the Big Ten in receptions en route to all-conference accolades, Freshman All-America honors and Big Ten All-Freshman team awards. Hamilton’s 82 receptions in 2014 rank second in Penn State season annals.
• Gattis has coached a pair of All-America wideouts.
• He helped Western Michigan’s Jordan White earn the All-America honors in 2011 when he led the NCAA with 140 receptions for 1,911 yards. White’s totals broke the Western Michigan and Mid-American Conference records and he broke the MAC career receiving yardage record.
• Gattis joined Franklin’s staff at Vanderbilt in 2012 and tutored Jordan Matthews to All-America accolades twice. Matthews ended his career as the Southeastern Conference’s career leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759), while also owning the SEC season mark with 107 catches, set in 2013.
• Matthews also is the only player in SEC history to record two seasons of at least 90 catches and the only player with 100-plus receptions in a season.
• Gattis has made an immediate impact in coaching after earning All-ACC honors as a safety at Wake Forest and spending two seasons playing with the NFL’s Chicago Bears.
• Gattis broke into coaching as a graduate assistant at North Carolina (2010) on the offensive staff.
The Gattis File
Hometown: Durham, N.C.
Alma Mater: Wake Forest, 2006
Degree: Bachelors, Sociology Family: wife, Tesa; son, Jace
2014-current - Penn State (offensive recruiting coordinator/wide receivers)
2012-13 - Vanderbilt (offensive recruiting coordinator/wide receivers)
2011 - Western Michigan (wide receivers)
2010 - North Carolina (Offensive graduate assistant)