Gage Bassham moved from Abingdon to Botetourt County in the spring.

Now he is moving on up into college football.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman, who left Abingdon to spend his senior season at Lord Botetourt, has committed to Liberty University.

Bassham is one of five Lord Botetourt players with an offer from an FBS school and the second to commit.

Senior linebacker Isaiah Stephens has committed to Coastal Carolina, while senior defensive back Evan Eller is mulling an offer from Army.

Junior running back/linebacker Hunter Rice and junior offensive lineman Colston Powers also have offers, including one each from Virginia.

Botetourt coach Jamie Harless said Bassham chose Liberty over offers from Old Dominion, Marshall and East Tennessee State following the Flames' 24-0 loss to Syracuse on Saturday.

Bassham is the fourth offensive lineman and 18th verbal commit in the Flames' recruiting class of 2020.

Harless said Bassham, rated a three-star prospect by recruiting service 247Sports, can be an impact player at the FBS level.

"No doubt," the Botetourt coach said. "He's a big, athletic kid and he's strong."

Lord Botetourt, a 15-9 winner last Friday at Brookville, visits Blacksburg this week.

Harless said Rice, who left the Brookville game with an ankle injury, is "week to week" concerning his chances of returning to the lineup.

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