ELF: Paris Football Team signs 6’5 D1 French DE Jordan Avissey

The Paris Musketeers of the European League of Football has signed former division one French defensive lineman Jordan Avissey.

The 6’5″, 260-pound defensive end and native of Orleans, France, has spent the last few seasons playing NCAA DI football for the Buffalo Bulls and Bethune Cookman Wildcats (FCS). The 25-year-old made two tackles for the Bulls in 2020 as they won the MAC championship. In 2021, the long-armed defender transferred to Bethune-Cookman University where he appeared in four games for the HBCU.

The Frenchman moved to Quebec, Canada and stayed with family while attending Cegep de Thetford Mines in hopes of earning a college football scholarship in the United States. The move paid off big time, as Avissey garnered attention from multiple division one programs, earning offers from Colorado, Idaho, Temple, and Buffalo. The late-blooming pass rusher eventually joined the Buffalo Bulls (NCAA D1) program.

The slim teenager was once an accomplished basketball player in Orleans before finally coming to the gridiron at the late age of 19. In 2018, Avissey suited up for the European Champion French national team.

Avissey is the latest French talent to join the Paris Football Team as head coach Marc Mattioli has been slowly recruiting and signing more and more talent as the Musketeers look to build on the 6-6 record in their inaugural season.

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