BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – It’s been a long journey back to the gridiron for Lord Botetourt quarterback Evan Eller.
“When I got hurt the recruiting definitely took a turn,” says Eller.
Just three games into the Cavaliers 2019-2020 football season, Eller tore his ACL. Putting his college football dreams on hold.
“The night it happened, I can’t even explain what was going through my head. All the fans from Lord Botetourt, we were just distraught. Once we got the news that I would be out it was really tough,” explains Eller.
Eller watched from the sideline as his team made it all the way to the state 3 finals. The Cavaliers fell to Hopewell 35-7. After the championship game, Eller wondered if he’d ever see the football field again, and whether playing in college was an option.
“A few of the other coaches kind of fell off talking to me after the injury,” says Eller.
That’s until one team reached out. Eller, put pen to paper to play football for VMI. Which was a dream he didn’t think would come true.
“They [coaches] would keep up with me, but there nothing like these coaches,” states Eller.
For Eller, getting back to where he once was has been a challenge. But with the help of his family and the Botetourt community. It’s something he’s managed to face.
“There wasn’t a second of doubt. Not a single second of doubt in the Botetourt community and the Roanoke community. Everybody that was there behind me supported me and they believed in me. They’ll continue to keep believing in me. I’m really thankful to play at the next level, and to just keep playing in general. I’m just really thankful for all of that,” explains Eller.
With the community behind him, and a chance to prove himself on the college level in sight. The Botetourt quarterback is ready to tackle his next chapter head on.