Langley Rams slotback Jarod Zaleski is going pro.
The Montreal Alouettes have announced that Zaleski has signed a two year contract with the CFL club.
The 22-year-old Kelowna native played three seasons of football at Simon Fraser University before joining the the Rams in Langley for the 2011 season.
Zaleski is a big slotback, 6'4" and 235 pounds, with good hands and blocking skills, but it may have been his special teams play that caught the eye of the Alouettes.
His athleticism and strength made him one of the top long snappers and kick cover players in the Canadian Junior Football League last year.
If he catches on at long snapper, Zaleski will be tossing the ball back to fellow Rams Alum Sean Whyte, who handles the kicking duties for the Alouettes.
While Zaleski is just starting his CFL career, another Rams Alumnus with a connection to the Alouettes has ended his. Davis Sanchez, who played for the Rams in the mid 1990s, announced his retirement earlier this week after 13 pro seasons.
Sanchez was drafted by the Alouettes in 1999 and played seven seasons in Montreal. He also played two seasons for the San Diego Chargers, one in Calgary, one in Edmonton, and the final two years of his career for his hometown BC Lions. Sanchez finished his career with three Grey Cup rings, three all-star selections, an Outstanding Canadian award, 28 career CFL interceptions, and four defensive touchdowns.
Zaleski, Whyte, and Sanchez are three of a long list of former Rams players who have gone on to have professional football careers since Doug Hocking made the jump directly from the Rams to the BC Lions in 1991.
Included in that list are BC Lions' kicker Paul McCallum, Jesse Newman, Jermaine Haley, Chris Hoople, Terry Bailey, Dan Payne and Cam Yeow.