Natchitoches Central High School Senior Albert AJ Gillie Jr. signed papers for a $125,000 scholarship to play football at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A crowd of varsity, jr. varsity, and freshmen football players and trainers cheered him on as he unzipped his jacket to reveal his red Ragin’ Cajuns shirt.
Coach Byron Keller said that AJ, a 4-year starter and honor roll student, has been hard working from day one. He’s a team leader who gives his best in the classroom and on the field. AJ’s parents, Bridget and Albert Gillie Sr., sat beside him as he signed and his family surrounded to pose for a group photo.
“One of our own has worked hard and today he has earned the right to continue to pursue his academics and athletic career,” said Coach Keller.