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Prep football: Waunakee offensive lineman Blake Smithback accepts University of Wisconsin preferred walk-on offer

January 20, 2017 GMT

Waunakee senior Blake Smithback, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive tackle, has de-committed from South Dakota State and accepted a preferred walk-on offer from the University of Wisconsin.

Smithback was a first-team choice on the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area football team this fall.

Smithback was a first-team Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-state selection and a second-team selection as an offensive lineman on the Associated Press all-state football team.

Smithback, an outstanding run blocker for the Badger North Conference champion Warriors, was a two-time Badger North offensive lineman of the year pick and two-time unanimous Badger North first-team selection at offensive tackle.

He announced the decision via Twitter on Friday, first offering thanks, including to his parents and coaches, then writing: “With that said, I am officially de-committed from South Dakota State. I have the utmost respect for the players and coaches at that university and wish them luck in the future. However, I have been afforded the opportunity to follow my childhood dream. I am committing to the University of Wisconsin and accepting their walk-on offer.”

Columbus offensive lineman Josh Seltzner, who also had been offered preferred walk-on status at UW, announced via Twitter on Jan. 5 that he had committed to the Badgers.

The 6-6, 300-pound Seltzner was a WFCA first-team all-state selection and a second-team all-state choice on the AP team. He was the Capitol North offensive lineman of the year for the league champion Cardinals. He was a unanimous first-team selection.

Seltzner was a first-team selection on the WSJ/WisconsinPrepZone.com All-Area football team.