Linemen frenzy

Ottawa, Calgary linemen newest recruits to join OUA team’s 2014 class

Two linemen have decided to join the newest kids on the CIS block.

Cody Wistaff-Welsh and George Saloum are the latest recruits to commit to the Carleton Ravens for the 2014 OUA season.


The 6’3, 275 pound offensive lineman from Ottawa, Ontario opted to play for his hometown CIS team because he was impressed by the positive direction the team is heading towards in the future. Moreover, academics played a role in his decision.

“I really like what they are doing,” expressed Wistaff-Welsh.  “When I went to visit, I felt like I was already on the team.”

“It just seemed to be the place for me and also they have an outstanding criminology program which is what I am looking to study.”

Wistaff-Welsh comes to the Ravens after completing his high school career with St. Francis Xavier Coyotes of National Capital Secondary Schools Athletic Association (NCSSAA).  In addition to the Coyotes, the Ottawa offensive lineman also played for the Cumberland Panthers of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).

“Cody is an athletic offensive lineman that can play anywhere along the line, from centre to tackle,” commented Ravens Head Coach Steve Sumarah.  “Having him watched him for the past few years, we are very excited that he sees Carleton as his school both academically and athletically.”

George Saloum


The 6’4, 260 pound defensive lineman from Calgary, Alberta will move east in 2014 to play for the Ravens.  From the first moment he began communicating with the Ravens, he was impressed with what the Ottawa, Ontario campus had to offer him from academic and gridiron standpoints.

“I chose Carleton mostly because they made me feel like part of their family as soon as we made contact,” said Saloum.  “They had great opportunities for me going in and great openings.”

“They were very on top of their academics which is very important for my family and me. They have a great coaching staff as well.”

Furthermore, the opportunity to work with Ravens Defensive Line/Strength and Conditioning Coach Darrell Adams was too good of an offer to pass up.

“Another main reason I committed was Coach Darrell Adams,” added Saloum.   “He has done it all and having him there as a full time coach I thought would help me in a great way to reach my goals.”

“I’m really excited to start working with him.”

The Calgary defensive lineman joins the Ravens after playing high school football for Bishop O’Byrne Bobcats of Alberta Schools Athletic Association (ASAA).  This past season, he led the team in sacks and also served as defensive captain.

“George is someone we have had on our radar since Team Albert tryouts this year,” explained Sumarah.  “An injury kept him out but we continued to recruit him as one of the top players in Alberta.”

“George brings athleticism and size to our defensive line.  We see him making an immediate impact in our front seven.”



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