Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes returned to the NCAA transfer portal and brought out a familiar face.
Issiah Walker announced on Saturday on social media that he intends to travel to Miami.
Walker is a former Top247 offensive tackle who signed with Florida’s last recruiting round, picking the Gators over hurricanes and the like. He joined UF in January, but after a few months on campus, he decided to explore his options.
It is not clear at the time whether Walker will be eligible to play in 2020, as the NCAA rules state that he should be absent for one year of competition, but he may request a waiver in the hopes of ” obtain immediate eligibility.
Walker was the country’s No. 15 offensive attacker from Miami Norland according to the industry generated 247Sports Composite. He visited Coral Gables several times during the recruiting process and often had nothing positive to say about the Hurricanes, but named the Gators its absolute leader after Florida beat Miami during the week 0.
Assuming Walker doesn’t get a waiver, he’ll still have four years to play. This is great because many consider Walker to be the prototypical left tackle given his 6-4, 305 pound frame.
“Has adequate height and length with solid construction,” 247Sports national analyst Charles Powers wrote in a Walker assessment last spring. “Is an above average athlete along the offensive line. Light foot with the ability to redirect in pass protection because of its bodily speed. Has a strong base athletic and strength combination that allows him to anchor and stop runners at Projects point as a multi-year starter at Power 5 level with the advantage of becoming an NFL Draft choice. ”
Walker becomes the fourth notable transfer to which Diaz added this offseason by joining Houston quarterback D’Eriq King, Temple defensive end Quincy Roche and FIU kicker Jose Borregales as new additions to the Hurricanes via the portal. King is expected to be the starting quarterback for the UM in 2020. Roche is expected to contribute to speeding while Borregales is likely to be a weapon in special teams.
Miami beat Florida, Ole Miss and others for Walker. Garin Justice played a major role in secondary recruitment, as did Stephen Field, who recruits Miami Norland and the rest of downtown Miami-Dade schools for the Hurricanes.
Las Vegas totaled more / less nine wins for Miami after a disappointing year 1 for Diaz. That number may sound high, but the Hurricanes have a good schedule on deck and many expect new attacking coordinator Rhett Lashlee to transform UM’s attack and make the most of King, who is actually on a 15-game streak with at least one hit and one touchdown. This streak is an FBS record.
Miami is set to open the 2020 season against Temple on September 5 at Hard Rock Stadium. The Hurricanes travel to Michigan on September 26 after their home games against UAB and Wagner. It’s all before the Atlantic Coast Conference game begins on October 3 against Pittsburgh.
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