ELF: Istanbul Rams add WR/RB Jalen Conwell

The European League of Football’s newest franchise continues to add talent as the Istanbul Rams have signed speedster Jalen Conwell.

Head coach Val Gunn commented on the addition of the team’s first offensive import:

“There are some things you simply cannot teach. You might improve that ability, but innate talent is special. That is what you get with Jalen Conwell. He’s a Division I player, that for luckily for us, still isn’t playing big time college ball. Jalen is a great weapon for our offense. He will be electric for the Istanbul Rams and the league”.

The 5’9″ 175 pound athlete most recently suited up in Ukraine for the Lviv Lions, helping them reach the league’s championship game. Prior to heading to Europe, the 21-year-old played for the Fundidores Monterrey in Mexico’s LFA. Conwell’s international debut was capped by winning the LFA’s ” Rookie of the Year” award. The Hueytown, Alabama native originally signed with Bethel University (NAIA) out of high school before opting to play his junior college football in Mississippi. However, eligibility issues ended his collegiate career prematurely leading him to begin looking abroad. Following his time in junior college, Conwell attended a regional CFL combine where he posted an unofficial 4.26 40-yard dash.

The athlete is excited about joining Turkey’s premiere American football team:

“I’ve actually talked with a few guys on the team, they have welcomed me, they are happy that I’m coming to Istanbul [and play] for the Rams”.

Conwell now joins linebacker Zachary Blair as the first two imports to sign with the Rams. Expect head coach Val Gunn and his staff to continue to build their roster in preparation for their debut season in the European League of Football.

Watch Conwell’s highlights here

Alex is a former professional American football player who is now studying in London. His goal writing for AFI is to stay involved with the game that has given him so much. Alex enjoys covering leagues and players and sharing different football