From the start, it was not hard for me to see that OL David Walker is a straight up guy with high ethical and moral values when I asked the reason for his transfer from Auburn.
In the statement released by David to HTO.com on Monday, he simply stated that he has put the past behind him and now is looking forward to concentrating on the future. In my opinion, that was a very gracious approach to the matter when most kids, even as Iowa has witnessed, will usually try to fire back remarks toward the school. David kept himself well mannered and prevented any future problems with Auburn University.
While Dave did not get into the specifics of his transfer from Auburn, the transfer is resulting in a chance for Dave to re-locate himself.
"It feels like a new beginning. Now, I just want to capitalize on the new opporunity. It will be hard sitting out two straight years of football, but that could be a good or bad thing. Now, I get to work-out all year with Coach Doyle, and hopefully take the field ready as ever. I know this will work out for the best as it may even be a lesson learned. Like I've always said, everything happens for a reason."
Coming out of Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson High School, Dave was prep teammates with current Hawks, CB Benny Sapp and LB Abdul Hodge. Dave had interest in Iowa, but only completed visits to Ole' Miss and Auburn. So how did the interest flame back up in Iowa after his transfer?
"I got a call from Abdul (Hodge), as we speak a lot. He told me the coaches at Iowa had some interest, and that was like a green light for me. He told me the coaches were straight up with him, and there was no sugercoating. That was the perfect situation for myself."
Dave officially visited the Hawks this past weekend. It did not take long for him to realize this was the place for him.
"It was a good visit. Iowa City just felt right, and I knew that I could play on the team. I was really impressed with the OL coaching of Coach Ferentz and Philbin. I know that if I'm getting coached by some of the best, then I'm only going to develop into the best."
So what type of OL will the Hawks be adding for its future?
"I'm very strong for my size, but every OL is strong. I think my best attribute is my quickness as I'm a shorter lineman so my speed helps set me apart. I like to get down the field and put some people on the ground."
Dave, who has a very impressive bench of almost 500 pounds, will have a chance this spring to take over the starting LG spot that will be open after Eric Steinbach's graduation. While that will be one of his goals, other goals still remain:
"I just want to do the best that I can and help the team. I want to graduate from school because I know if the NFL comes then it will, but I want to know that I can make a living besides the NFL. I plan to major in accounting."
The Hawks finally got some much deserved good news this weekend with the transfers of RB Ray Perkins and OL David Walker. Although there will not be an impact this fall, Hawk fans can already envision a possible pancake block by Walker leading to a score for Perkins!