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OL Issiah Walker finally backs out of USC commitment July 03, 2019 Multiple visits to Miami and visits to Florida, Florida State and UCF were not enough to sway OL Issiah Walker of Miami from the commitment to USC he made May 8th of 2018. But a couple of days in Frisco, TX at The Opening Finals, talking with other players and coaches, apparently did make an impact. Tuesday night Walker announced a decommitment from the Gamecocks on Twitter. “I’ve met so many wonderful coaches, players and future teammates along this journey here at The Opening,” Walker wrote. “Being out here in Texas has made me realize I haven’t found my true home yet. With that being said, I am officially decommitting from the University of South Carolina. I am opening up my recruiting.” Walker was one of the most highly regarded members of the USC 2020 class and one of five offensive linemen who had committed. He took his official visit to USC the first weekend in June, and he returned for a camp the last weekend before the dead period. After that visit, Walker said his commitment was still firm and the Gamecock coaches were understanding about his visits. “I’m just enjoying the process and taking visits,” Walker said. “I told (Will( Muschamp I was going to take visits but I was still committed. It’s not like I’m going to decommit, it’s not like that.. I’m just seeing more.” Now, Walker plans to see a lot more as he tries to find his “true home.” His decommitment leaves the Gamecocks with 14 high school/junior college commitments in the class, and 16 total including a pair of transfers from other schools.
Gamecocks continue to fend off challengers for OL Issiah Walker June 20, 2019, | sportstalksc.com OL Issiah Walker of Miami continues to stick with his long standing commitment to USC. Since he made his pledge over a year ago, Walker has continued to draw major recruiting interest, especially from the Florida schools. He visited Miami twice last week alone. He’s also been to Florida, Florida State and UCF. Yet, his commitment to the Gamecocks remains firm. This week Walker is returning to USC for the second time this year. He is coming in Friday with some coaches and teammates and plans to hang out with his Gamecock coaches. Saturday he will participate in the final Will Muschamp camp of the month going thru some drills for offensive line coach Eric Wolford. Sunday, he and his group will head back to Florida. Walker has kept Gamecock fans on edge with his visits to other programs. But he said the Gamecock coaches understand what he’s doing and haven’t asked him to stop. “I’m just enjoying the process and taking visits,” Walker said. “I told Muschamp I was going to take visits but I was still committed. It’s not like I’m going to decommit, it’s not like that.. I’m just seeing more. That’s pretty much the way it is.” And, Walker said, his commitment is as firm now as it was when he made it in May 2018. “Oh yeah,” Walker said. “It’s been strong since I met Coach Wolf (Eric Wolford). It’s always been strong and I’ve always felt comfortable with all coaches and players at the school.” The Florida schools have tried their best to convince Walker to stay in state, but at this point, that’s not his plan. “At first it was Florida a couple of months ago,” he said. “But in the back of my mind it was always South Carolina. Nobody has gotten me to that point where I want to flip.” And hometown Miami? “Just a little bit. You know they are right down the street. At the same time, I do want to kind of get out of Florida.” This visit to USC will be Walker’s last before the month long dead period. And he wants to shut down his recruiting before his season, which for him means he plans “to stay committed to South Carolina.”
Walker says Gamecocks commitment remains strong June 02, 2019, | sportstalksc.com Long time USC commitment OL Issiah Walker (6-4 302) of Miami made his official visit over the weekend with his parents. Walker has been committed to the Gamecocks since May 8th of 2018. He has taken unofficial visits to several other places and he plans to continue with his visits. But he said his commitment to the Gamecocks is a nine on a ten scale and he doesn’t foresee any change in his future plans. “It went real good,” Walker said of his official visit. “I’d already seen what I wanted to see (on an earlier visit). This was about my parents. They loved it. And if they love it, I love it. My parents really bonded with the coaches.” Walker also has a strong bond with the coaching staff, in particular offensive line coach Eric Wolford. Wolford and Will Muschamp wanted to know exactly where things stood with Walker and he laid it out for them. “I told them I am committed,” he said. “I’ve been committed for about a year. I don’t have any plans to change but I’m still open to taking other visits. I told them don’t worry about it, I’m still committed to ya’ll.” Walker said the only other official visit he has in mind right now is to LSU and no date has been set. He will be going to some camps with teammates, not to workout but to meet up with the coaches. Those stops will include Florida, UCF and South Florida.
Gamecocks commitment not ready to close it down May 31, 2019, | sportstalksc.com OL Issiah Walker of Miami, who now checks in at 6-4, 302 pounds, has been in the USC camp as a commitment for over a year. And while he measures his commitment strength at “90 percent”, he does not foresee his official visit this weekend as the time to make it 100%. But he does see it as a chance for his parents to see what he saw in the Gamecocks’ program in his previous two visits. “This visit is mostly about my parents,” Walker said. “I really want my parents to kind of fall in love with the places. I’ve already seen what I want to see last summer when I went up there. It’s more about my parents right now to see if they have a good relationship with the coaches.” That relationship with the coaches is something that’s very important to Walker. It’s one of the primary reasons he committed to the Gamecocks when he did. It would take that some kind of comfort level somewhere else for Walker to decide not to stick with his commitment. “I’d have to feel really comfortable at a school,” he said. “That’s one thing with South Carolina, I feel comfortable at that school. That’s really why I committed. I really love the school and I feel comfortable with the coaches and the school. If another school has that, then maybe, but other that, no school has gotten to that point.” Walker said USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford was down to see him during spring practice and he’s been in regular contact with him, plus he also hears from Will Muschamp. Walker has no other official visits set at this point but he plans to set one with LSU. He said Miami, Florida, Florida State, Penn State and Kentucky are others hot after him. He wants to take other official visits and said he won’t finalize a decision until after his senior season.
4 star OL Issiah Walker will take other visits April 16, 2019 USC OL commitment Issiah Walker of Miami visited Miami for a scrimmage Saturday and later told CaneSports, “My recruitment is still open so I’m open to every school.” Walker also has visited Florida, Florida State, and Central Florida and said LSU and Penn State also remain high with him.
Gamecocks recruiting target sets announcement for Tuesday May 07, 2018 Issiah Walker, a 2020 offensive lineman from Miami plans to announce his commitment at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. South Carolina stands in strong shape with him and would have to be considered the favorite. Walker reportedly has offers from Florida and Kentucky. He's 6-foot-4, 265 pounds and was part of a team that went 6-4 last season, which included an upset of a highly-ranked Miami Northwestern team. Notes: ▪ South Carolina defensive back target D.J. Daniel of Georgia Military College was offered by Ole Miss. ▪ The Gamecocks offered 2021 Virginia Beach, Va. defensive back Tony Grimes. ▪ USC offered 2021 offensive lineman Colin Henrich of Washington, DC. ▪ Cane Bay senior left-handed pitcher Dylan Harley committed to South Carolina. He previously was committed to first Winthrop and then The College of Charleston. ▪ Tight end Tyler Fromm, who at one time was a USC target and whose brother is the quarterback at Georgia, committed to Auburn. ▪ ESPN's Jeff Borzello reports South Carolina is one of the schools to contact Drexel grad transfer Tramaine Isabell since he received his release Friday afternoon. ▪ Richmond, Va. 2021 athlete Eric McDaniels was offered by the Gamecocks. He also shows offers from Boston College, East Carolina, Georgia Tech and Temple.