Anderson to Walk-On

Steve Anderson is a 5-10, 195-pound athlete from Kenmore (Wash.) Inglemoor, and when the Washington Huskies came calling, he couldn't say no. But it's not exactly what the life-long UW fan had in mind. He was hoping for a scholarship offer out of high school, but he'll settle for one while he's in college.

Anderson was recruited by Washington to walk-on as a receiver, a position of need for the 2004 recruiting class as there wasn't a player signed by the Huskies at that position. They signed seven wideouts the year prior.

"I'm also a return guy and I punt too," Anderson told Dawgman.com recently of his versatility on the football field. With his 4.56 40 he has enough speed to be a possession WR and third-down threat in the mold of Dane Looker and Pat Reddick. Steve had 1400 all-purpose yards for the Vikings last year, including 900 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.

"Most of my long gains or touchdowns came on two routes, a shallow crossing route underneath the corners and then just going deep," said Anderson. Steve earned first-team all-KingCo honors for offense and first-team all-Eastside honors for special teams by the Eastside Journal.

Besides being a standout on the football field, Anderson has game on the hardwood. Because of his athleticism and multi-dimensional ability, Western Washington opened their arms with a full football ride, but he gave up the opportunity to continue being a Viking at the next level.

"My junior year I had a good year playing basketball, but struggled playing football," Steve said. "Starting my senior year I played better and started talking to Montana a lot. Western (Washington) also was recruiting me hard. Washington asked me to walk-on, but I couldn't tell how serious they were in the beginning, but they kept on pursuing me.

"I went on a visit to Western and they offered, but I turned them down. My Mom, Dad, uncles and aunts have all gone to Washington. We've had season tickets my whole life. That's the school I always wanted to go to. So I applied to the school, and because I was going in as a recruited walk-on, I got in."

Even though football is going to be his ticket into school, he's not done with his hoop dreams. "I'll probably try out," Steve said when asked about playing for Lorenzo Romar. "I've been playing football since the 8th grade, but I've been playing basketball my whole life. I think I'm better at football, but basketball is big for me. I always have to be playing something."

As a recruited walk-on, Anderson will get an opportunity to be one of the 105 players invited to fall camp. What is he doing in the meantime to stay in shape? "I need to find a gym to work out at," he said. "I'll keep running and doing stuff. I can't wait to come down for school."

Besides his familiarity with all things UW, Anderson will have the added benefit of playing alongside another Inglemoor Viking - big DT Jordan White-Frisbee. "It's pretty incredible to be so gifted for his size," Steve said when asked about Jordan. "We've become really good friends. We know each other's game so well, and plus, we're the two most competitive people on the planet."

That competitive spirit has Steve Anderson in the door. Does he have what it takes to make it down the tunnel? If he gets his chance, Anderson plans on making that trip a regular part of his fall routine.

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