The recruiting process was starting to get stressful for Blake Anderson. So on Thursday, the Omaha Skutt lineman announced his commitment to Northern Iowa.

“I just want to play football,” Anderson said, “and I think UNI is a great place to do that.”

Anderson held other Division I scholarship offers from Kent State, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State and Youngstown State. He said he gave Kent State some thought, but distance did play a factor and Anderson has family in Iowa.

But more importantly than that, Anderson trusted the relationship he’s built with the UNI coaching staff, especially offensive line coach Ryan Clanton.

“UNI has believed in me since the beginning of this process,” Anderson said. “Coach Clanton is awesome. he reminds me a lot of my current line coach at Skutt. They both expect you to work extremely hard on the field and off the field.”

Anderson is an offensive tackle for Skutt, but UNI projects him to play guard on the next level. He’s the second SkyHawk in the 2020 class to commit to a Division I football program, following North Dakota State commit Tyson Gordon.

And there’s one more reason Anderson chose UNI.

“My mom has always drilled into my head to remain humble and I have always taken that advice to heart,” Anderson said. “But I have to say I do look good in purple.”

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