While a state championship was not in the cards for the West Monroe Rebels this season, a few records were broken that future Rebels will be chasing for years to come.
Senior linebacker John Bailey Gullatt, a four-year starter for the Rebels, collected 530 tackles in his career.
The school record will set Gullatt a part even farther as he also attempts to be the first Rebel player to take home state defensive player of the year honors by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association for the second consecutive season.
“(Breaking tackle record) means a lot,” Gullatt said. “To have my name up there with the names of some of the great linebackers here, and just mentioned with the tradition we have here at West Monroe is a true honor.”
Gullatt follows in the footsteps of former Rebels that played Division I college and pro ball such as current assistant Rob Arledge, Bradie James (LSU, Dallas Cowboy),Luke Sanders (LSU), Mack Dampier (Northwestern State) among others.
But his play on the field will be remembered in the record books at the top of the list.
“My favorite memories of West Monroe are just those relationships built on and off the field – in the locker room with guys,” Gullatt said. “Some guys I would have never had the chance to grow close to if not for football. I will always be greatful for that."
Gullatt is a all-state first-team and multi-time all-NELA selection that has a 4.0 GPA and has offers from Ivy League and many great college programs across the country.
Gullatt is not any closer to making a final college choice, as he decides what major he wants to focus his future around.
“I am going to try and make my decision in February,” Gullatt said. “I am not sure what I want to major in.”
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