As it turns out, Austin Joyner plans to be a Husky after all.
The Marysville-Pilchuck product committed to Washington on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday evening while participating in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. He cited the close proximity as a large part of his decision during the broadcast.
Joyner originally committed to Washington as a running back during his sophomore year. After former Husky coach Steve Sarkisian left for USC, Joyner switched his commitment to Washington State, announcing his decision partly had to do with his desire to play defensive back at the collegiate level.
A 5-foot-10, 186-pounder and a four-star prospect according to Scout.com, Joyner reopened his recruitment after Washington State defensive coordinator Mike Breske was fired following this past season. Joyner then took official visits to Washington, Boise State and Washington State.
“He has a high motor, he goes hard each and every play and I think that’s what makes him such a great player,” Marysville-Pilchuck coach Brandon Carson recently told The Seattle Times. “He’s a high-motor kid and he’s very physical and he’s not afraid to hit you.”
A three-time all-state selection, Joyner rushed for 1,768 yards and 32 touchdowns on 133 carries as a senior.
Joyner is the sixth in-state prospect in the class of 2015 to commit to Washington, joining Myles Gaskin (O’Dea), Henry Roberts (Bellevue), Trey Adams (Wenatchee), Chico McClatcher (Federal Way) and Jusstis Warren (Lincoln).