FALKNER - Despite having a load of success in his lone season as the starting quarterback at Falkner, senior Lane Elliott found that earning a college scholarship to play football was hard to come by.
Elliott was provided an opportunity to walk on at Itawamba Community College (ICC) last week with a chance to earn his way to a scholarship in the future.
"I was excited and kind of in tears because I've waited for my opportunity and it finally arrived," Elliott said. "I've had to be patient with it. And instead of giving up, I had to continue to work hard and do my best and show out in the (NEMFCA) all-star game so hopefully someone would say something to me."
Elliott tossed two touchdown passes in the first half of the NEMFCA All-Star Game in Booneville back on Wednesday, May 15. His performance landed him the game's MVP honor as he led his North squad to a 28-25 win. Elliott said that ICC offensive coordinator Chad Cook was the first to text him and congratulate him on the award.
Cook and Elliott's relationship is something that has been building over the course of the year once Elliott's talent began to shine on the gridiron in his senior season. The former Ripley Tiger head coach found a way to get Elliott to Fulton, an opportunity that Elliott could not pass up.
"I've known him since he became the Ripley head coach," Elliott said of Cook. "He text me back in December and told me that I was on their board. I always could call him if I ever had a question and he's always answered, which some coaches haven't done."
Elliott is not shy of frustration with his lack of recruitment. Neither is his former head coach Quess Hood. In his only year at quarterback, Elliott threw for 2,320 yards and 29 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. Elliott also added 349 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns on the season. His efforts made him an All-State first team selection in Class 1A. Still, college coaches doubted whether he could play at the next level. That doubt is something that he will use to fuel his fire moving forward.
"He's an easy kid to coach," Hood claimed of Elliott. "He works very hard and not a lot of kids want to work. In today's society we see the end results but nobody sees the work put in to get those results. He knows what it takes to get those results.
"I think it's more to do with that we are at Falkner," Hood said of Elliott's recruitment. "It's a small school situation. It's unfortunate but that's the way it is."
Elliott will redshirt in his freshman season at ICC but the gunslinger said that the plan is for him to get plenty of repetitions in practice to prove his worth to his new team and hopefully prove the doubters wrong along the way.