Getting to Know: Offensive tackle signee Issiah Walker

Dec 25, 2019 | 0 comments


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It’s no secret that Florida’s offensive line has been one of the weaker aspects of the Gators’ football program over the last couple of seasons. With that in mind, head coach Dan Mullen and his staff penned four (out of 21 total signees) offensive linemen during the early signing period.

One of them being Miami (Fla.) Norland four-star offensive tackle @Issiah">Issiah Walker‍.

In this edition of Getting to Know, Walker talks about his connection with Mullen and post-graduate aspirations of entering the restaurant biz and family life.


PERSONAL

What field of study are you interested in?
”Culinary. I want to cook. I love cooking. My parents were cooks — well, my dad was a cook, my mom had a restaurant business, stuff like that.”

If you could go on a dream date with anyone in the world, who would it be?
”I would say Beyonce, because she’s fine as hell.”

What would your first purchase be if you were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft?
”I would say — first I would invest first. I want to invest first. And then I would get me a house. Not like a multi-million dollar house, but a regular sized house for me and my mom.”

What’s one item you can’t live without, and why?
”I would say my phone. The reason why is ‘cause I’ve got to communicate with everybody.”

What’s your favorite professional football team?
“The Cowboys, because of their o-line.”

Who is your favorite NFL football player right now, and why?
”Tyron Smith and because (of) his ability to play and his quickness and the way he plays and how  he dominates.”

Who has been the biggest role model in your life?
”I would say my coach — my coach and parents. Because they actually help me go out and tell me to keep my head high and to always be humble.”

What’s your favorite type of music? Any particular artist?
”Rap for the most part. (And) I would say Moneybagg Yo.”

What’s your favorite movie or TV show?
”The Boys (movie) (and) I would say Family Guy (TV show).”

What are three things on your bucket list?
”I would say own a restaurant. I want to open up, like, a steakhouse, but then — a little more expensive. But, I would say a restaurant first. (Then) get a house — get my Mama a house — and I would say have kids.”

What number do you want to wear when you get to UF?
”I would say 54 ‘cause that was my whole career — (in) high school I had 54. If I can’t get it, I’m not going to stress it. So, if I could get it I would love to have 54.”

What’s something about you that Gator Nation would be surprised to find out?
”I just want them to know that I’ll never give up.”

FOOTBALL & RECRUITING

Take me through the process that led to your commitment. What was that experience like for you?
”I would say it was going to campus made me comfortable making my commitment. Being close to the coaches and the school, make me comfortable with them.”

Which school came in second for you, and why?
”I would say South Carolina came in second for me. I did have (some) left for the school I had a big commitment for about two years, so I did have a little bit left for the school.”

Do you have any funny anecdotes from your recruitment while getting to know the coaches or the players?
”I would say with the o-linemen. They are kind of funny. You know, we relate to them a lot, so I would say they’re funny.”

If there was one thing you could change about the recruiting process, what would it be?
”I would say the fans. The fans are really stressful sometimes when you look at the comments and stuff like that. So I wish I could just block them (out of) the way sometimes.” 

If you could play a sport other than football, what would it be?
”Golf. My granddaddy used to play golf, so I kind of got it from him.”

What’s your favorite football memory?
”I would say one of my high school games. My quarterback, he threw the ball, like, towards my side and I almost intercepted it.”

What would you say are your greatest strengths as a football player?
”My hands, my feet.”

What do you feel that you need to work on the most when you get to Florida?
”My run-blocking. Probably my kick back too.”

What was the most appealing part about UF for you?
”The coaches and the school. I really fell in love with that school. Coach [Dan] Mullen and the other coaches like coach [Brian] Johnson, coach [John] Hevesy, but really coach Mullen. He offered me when he came in. I went to the camp and then at the camp and he offered me right then and there when I was in the one-on-one.”

Who is the prospect you’ve talked to the most from the Class of 2020?
Gerald [Mincey] and Wardrick [Wilson].”

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