West Forsyth senior offensive lineman Blake Anderson accepted on Friday on offer to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Georgia, the runner-up in this past season's College Football Playoff.
Anderson played right tackle for the Wolverines this fall, helping them to a No. 3 seed in the state playoffs and earning first team all-county honors. After the season, he played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, a high school all-star game that draws players from across the country.
Anderson's first contact with UGA's coaches came over the summer, when he attended a camp in Athens and performed well enough to draw the attention of Bulldogs offensive line coach Sam Pittman. He went to Bulldogs' game at Samford, where the staff told Anderson that while they didn't have a scholarship free for Anderson, he could possibly join as a preferred walk-on.
A graduate assistant contacted Anderson and officially offered him a spot on Monday of this week, and after Pittman came to West on Friday to talk with Anderson, he gave his commitment.
"It was a really tough decision," Anderson said. "But I just felt like since we could make it work money-wise with my family, it would be the best option."
Anderson had received a good deal of recruiting interest before and during his senior season, including offers from FBS programs Virginia and Ohio. However, he didn't expect to get this opportunity at Georgia, his dream school.
Anderson will transition from tackle to guard in college, and he'll join the Bulldogs as part of one of the highest-rated recruiting classes in the country, which features two five-star recruits on the offensive line.