Florida’s offensive line depth for the 2020 season took a hit Monday evening.
It was reported that true freshman offensive tackle Issiah Walker Jr. entered the transfer portal after enrolling at UF four months ago.
Have learned that Florida four-star freshman offensive lineman Issiah Walker has entered the transfer portal— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) May 4, 2020
Walker was a four-star signee from Miami in the Gators’ 2020 recruiting class. After signing in December, he elected to enroll in January as an early enrollee.
The Gators offensive line returns four starters from last year’s squad and is led by seniors Stone Forsythe, Brett Heggie and Jean Delance. They also return sophomore Richard Gouraige, who started five games last season.
The only departure UF suffered was center Nick Buchanan due to graduation.
Despite four starters returning, Walker was expected to push for playing time immediately as a true freshman because the unit struggled in run blocking and lacked quality depth.
Florida still signed three more offensive linemen this offseason, including four-star offensive tackle Joshua Braun, three-star offensive tackle Gerald Mincey and three-star offensive guard Richard Leonard.
Offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy will have to count on one of his three other freshmen to fill the void that Walker left.