Gattis Continues His Track Excellence

Demon Deacon star football recruit Josh Gattis attended performed well on the track in Burlington, NC this past weekend and proved why Wake Forest's coaches recruited this great athlete.

Name: Josh Gattis
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown: Durham, NC
High School: Northern Durham
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190
40 Speed: 4.3
HS Graduation Year: 2002

March 25, 2002
    Wake Forest football signee Josh Gattis continued to show his quickness on the track this past weekend as he performed well at the Times-News Track Classic in Burlington.

    Gattis won the 100 and 200 dashes as well as the 110 hurdles. He also was on Northern Durham's 400 relay championship team. His outstanding performance won him the Most Outstanding Performer award at the meet as well.

    For more on the meet this past weekend, check out

March 12, 2002
    At the Nike Indoor Classic held in Landover, Maryland on March 9th and 10th, Josh Gattis' running was superb, placing 4th nationally in the 60 meters. Gattis' finals time, 6.88 seconds, was excellent, putting him just .07 seconds behind the winner, .02 seconds off second place, and .01 seconds off first.

    What is even more impressive, however, is his semifinal time - 6.75 seconds. This was the fastest time of the day by anyone and was the third quickest time in the entire nation.

    Josh also recieved All-American status and made the Nike Indoor Accelerade All-America track team with his peformance in Landover!

    We will also have an update on his teammate, James Adams, who also attended the event, shortly!

February 20, 2002
    Northern Durham (N.C.) defensive back Josh Gattis officially sent in his letter of intent to play football at Wake Forest University on February 7th. With that, he and his high school teammate James Adams have signed on to play under Jim Grobe for the next four years.

    This past year, Josh finished his senior campaign with 66 tackles, five interceptions, and two caused fumbles in just eight games. He sat out a couple other games due to an ankle injury he suffered early in the season.

    Josh's ankle has not stopped him from winning on the track either, however. Josh placed 3rd in the 55 meter hurdles and 3rd in NC in the 55 meter dash this past year as he was one tenth of a second from winning. He ran a 6.45 while the winning time was a 6.44. Josh is the fastest athlete at Northern Durham - including highly touted speedster and High School All-American A.J. Davis. In fact, Davis finished the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.66.

    Northern Durham finished second in the state in indoor track with Gattis, Adams, and Davis as a team. Both Adams and Gattis have qualified and plan to attend Nike Indoor Classic Nationals to be held March 9-10 in Landover, Maryland. Meanwhile, Gattis owns the sixth fastest time in the nation indoors in the 55 dash. Also Gattis has been selected to NC East-West Shriners Football All-Star game to be held July 17th in Greensboro.

    In the weight room, Gattis, at 6'2" 200 pounds, has a bench press of 285, powerclean of 260, and a 365 pound squat. He was recruited to Wake Forest as a free safety with amazing 4.3 speed.

    We'll have an update on his teammate James Adams as well in the coming days!

September 18, 2001
    Over the course of the last week, we've picked up a little more on Gattis, one of two Northern Durham High School stars to verbally commit to Wake Forest in the past couple weeks.

    We have confirmed that Gattis was offered scholarships by Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina A&T, Hampton and Norfolk State. He was also told he had one at Nebraska.

    Gattis is the 24th ranked safety nationally according to and the 6th best free safety according to Max Emfinger. Superprep ranks Josh the #2 safety prospect in the state of North Carolina.

    Also, we must give credit where credit is due to the Wake Forest coaching staff for their efforts with Gattis and his teammate James Adams. Jeff Mullen, the offensive tackle and tight ends coach, did an amazing job in recruiting and pulling in both Gattis and Adams.

September 6, 2001 has learned that defensive back Josh Gattis, one of North Carolina's top football recruiting prospects, has verbally committed to Wake Forest.

    Gattis' coach at Northern Durham confirmed today that Gattis verbally committed to Wake Forest late Wednesday afternoon. Gattis chose Wake Forest over UNC, N.C. State, East Carolina, Nebraska, Tennessee, Maryland and others.

    Gattis is a great get for Coach Jim Grobe and his program as Gattis has great athletic ability and excellent speed. The free safety has also proven himself on the field as he had 74 tackles last season at Northern Durham.

    The Durham, N.C. native is rated the 21st best high school senior prospect in North Carolina this year by the Fayetteville Observer. Gattis is the third known recruit to verbally commit to Wake Forest in the class of 2002.

August 09, 2001
    Josh Gattis, a star safety from Northern Durham (NC) High School, is another prospect who is looking extremely hard at Wake Forest.

    Gattis, who is teammates with A.J. Davis, another WFU recruiting prospect, also lists the Deacons as his favorite. He told Inside Carolina that "Wake Forest, Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Georgia Tech" led for his services and that all of those schools with the exception of Georgia Tech have offered scholarships.

    Gattis also noted that the Deacs were recruiting him the hardest.

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