Alabama's Josh Gattis to join Mike Locksley's staff at Maryland

Gattis' move to MI comes after reports that he could be heading to Maryland to be the offensive coordinator under Mike Locksley.

It looks like Jim Harbaugh got to him first. Jim Harbaugh's decision to hire a former wide receivers coach to run the offense could signal a willingness to open up the offense.

Moments ago, The Athletic's Bruce Feldman and Chris Vannini reported that Gattis will instead take the same spot at MI. According to The Athletic, Gattis will take over play-calling.

Gattis has specialized in coaching wide receivers during his first nine years of coaching at the college level. He's had success in this capacity at every stop.

Michigan's offense didn't have an official coordinator in 2018.

Gattis takes over an offense that features a former five-star under center in Shea Patterson and a wealth of offensive talent, including receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins, Tarik Black and Ronnie Bell and a potential big-play threat in tight end Nick Eubanks. The Wolverines also bring in four-star running back Zach Charbonnet and return most of their offensive line.

On top of his coaching efforts, Gattis was also viewed as one of Alabama's top recruiters. That offense was hit-or-miss this season at times, and struggled against big-time competition. They haven't finished better than No. 50 in total offense in any of Harbaugh's four seasons. "I am deeply humbled by the opportunity to serve as your Offensive Coordinator".

Harbaugh's staff has undergone some significant changes this offseason after he said following Michigan's loss to Florida in the Peach Bowl that he expected very few.

The Wolverines lost two defensive coaches to Ohio State earlier in the week, as defensive line coach Greg Mattison and linebackers coach Al Washington joined the Buckeyes.

Gattis will join the Wolverines after MI went without an offensive coordinator in 2018.

Vanessa Coleman

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