USA Rugby standout and Jackson High School graduate Carlin Isles
will look to score touchdowns as well as tries after signing with the Detroit Lions Thursday morning.
USA Rugby standout and Jackson High School graduate Carlin Isles will be looking to score touchdowns as well as tries after signing with the Detroit Lions on Thursday.
is projected to be a wide receiver on the practice squad in Detroit.
Isles hadn't played football since he graduated from Ashland University and was surprised at the interest from the NFL.
"This wasn't something I was looking into," Isles
"A couple of teams called my agent and approached me with these opportunities.
I haven't played football in four years, but I wanted to give it a shot."
Detroit moved to sign Isles
quickly after bringing him in to take a look at him earlier in the week.
"Detroit brought me in for a tryout earlier in the week," Isles
"They had me go through wide-receiver drills and run the 40-yard dash.
I think I surprised them all and I felt like the tryout went very well.
They called my agent the next day and wanted to sign me.
I signed Thursday morning and started practice."
Detroit wasn't the only NFL franchise interested in taking a look at the speedster before he
"The Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants were also looking to bring me in," Isles
"Before I signed I was supposed to work out for the Colts on Friday.
The New York Giants wanted me to come in on Jan. 6.
I was very surprised at all the interest.
It was shocking."
speed will translate to the NFL.
"I think the biggest thing I'm bringing to the team is speed," Isles
"I've been playing rugby so I'm used to contact.
I think people will find I'm tenacious and tough.
I think the electrifying speed is the biggest thing I bring to the team though."
is now on an NFL practice squad he
is not thinking of relinquishing his
title of rugby's fastest man quite yet.
"I'm still playing rugby," Isles
"After the NFL season is over I'm going to head back to the team and start getting ready for the Las Vegas tournament next year."
For now Isles doesn't believe balancing the two sports will be hard.
"I don't think participating in both will be difficult," Isles