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Wake walk-on heading for scholarship after 11 tackles, 3 picks

Nick Anderson wasn't on the radar at Wake Forest.

True freshman. Not an official part of the Demon Deacons' 2020 signing class; a walk-on.

Seems that latter designation is heading for a change. After a record-setting, three-interception day – the first-ever by a Wake rookie – in the Demon Deacons' 23-16 win against then-No. 19 Virginia Tech, head coach Dave Clawson revealed Anderson could be headed for scholarship status.

“They were calling him 'Rudy' and they were chanting, ‘Scholly! Scholly!’, ” said Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson, according to David Kehrli of the Burlington (N.C.) Times-News. “So I think we'll definitely be taking care of that next semester.”

Anderson is a 5-foot-11, 185-pounder from Clifton, Virginia, with appearances in each of Wake's first five games, including 11 tackles in the win against the Hokies as Wake was claiming a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.

And his work isn't that of a walk-on wondering into a key role; he's got 27 tackles in the past three games, the three picks and a fumble recovery to go along with a pair of pass break-ups.

After dropping back-to-back games against Clemson and North Carolina State to open its season, Wake Forest now is riding a three-game winning streak, including ACC wins against both Virginia and Virginia Tech, heading into Saturday's trip to Syracuse.