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#ScholarshipAlert: The first walk-on to earn a scholarship in 2017

August is here, which means the best tradition of this if-Christmas-Eve-was-an-entire-month stretch of the calendar is back: walk-ons earning scholarships.

First up is Appalachian State's Bill Cecil, a 6-foot-nothing, 225-pound tight end with 27 career appearances and three career catches. A member of the Mountaineers' academic honor roll, Cecil will undoubtedly enjoy spending his senior year on scholarship. But the best part of these videos is always the recognition their coaches give them before, the acknowledgment that five hard years on the scout team have not gone unnoticed by their coaches or their teammates.

"I really appreciate what Bill stands for - really all of you guys, in particular Bill," Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield says in the video. "He's a great example of what we strive to be and not to give up because in life he's not going to give up in the rest of his life. He's going to have a very, very successful future, whatever that may be, because of his attitude.

"So with all that, Bill, you're not going to have to worry about that. Bill is going to get put on scholarship."

It's always a BIG DEAL when a guy who committed to the process gets rewarded! ✔️🔋💯📜

— App State Football (@AppState_FB) August 4, 2017