Elffers Overcoming Adversity

Quarterback Andrew Elffers

Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha quarterback Andrew Elffers is out for the remainder of his senior season with an injury, but continues to work hard and remain optimistic...

Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha quarterback Andrew Elffers had big expectations for his senior season.

It hasn't played out quite how he imagined.

"The season has been a ride for sure. We lost the first three games, and that was pretty tough. We're a young team. In the fourth game, I ended up tearing my meniscus in two places, so I'm in rehab right now. I'll be cleared this week to walk," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound prospect will miss the rest of his senior season, but is remaining optimistic.

"I had arthroscopic surgery three weeks ago; the doctor went in there and sewed up my meniscus. All my offers have remained strong; they all have said they definitely still want me to come to their schools, so that's very encouraging and has definitely kept me going," he said.

The signal-caller holds offers from UNLV, Idaho, Eastern Washington, and Sacramento State, and took an unofficial visit to Las Vegas last weekend to check out the Rebels' program.

"I really enjoyed my visit to UNLV; I had a good time. I was able to talk with the football staff. My parents came down with me on Friday night and watched practice, and then on Saturday we watched the game. We were able to tour campus a little bit and the coaches went over some things with me. I haven't set a date for an official visit, but I definitely plan on taking one," he said.

Elffers hopes to take another unofficial visit soon.

"I'm probably going to head up to Idaho in the next two to three weeks for one of their home games. All my visits right now will be unofficial; I plan on taking my official visits after the season," he said.

Elffers has had the chance to talk with all four programs' coaches regarding how quickly he could see the field.

"Most programs have said that they'll see if I can start as a true freshman; otherwise, they'll probably redshirt me," he said.

Aside from the offers, Elffers is maintaining contact with a few other programs.

"San Diego State, Oregon State, Rutgers, UCLA, and a few other programs are still showing interest. I'm hanging in there; I believe God can open up doors last minute if he wants you to go somewhere," he said.

For now, the quarterback is doing what he can to continue to improve as a player, even as he recovers.

"I'm just working on the mental part of the game. That part is so important for quarterbacking: knowing coverages, knowing plays. I can still throw the ball, so I've also been working on improving my arm strength and strengthening my upper body," he said.

In the short amount of time he was able to play this season, Elffers can see an improvement in his game.

"I have improved a lot since my junior season, just with the maturity and the experience I have. I've also been playing with some of my receivers for a while, so I have great chemistry with them. I think I'm quicker, stronger, and have a stronger arm. I'm smarter in the game, knowing coverages and knowing where to pick the defense apart. I think that's definitely helped me," he said.

Ultimately, Elffers is maintaining a positive outlook and is confident that the future will be bright.

"I'm trying to make the best of it, get the benefits from it. I'm pretty bummed I can't be out there with my team, but I know this time will soon be over and I'll get to play college ball," he said.

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