The Huskies’ success in keeping in-state recruits home continued Sunday night when Marysville-Pilchuck senior cornerback Austin Joyner announced his intention to sign with UW.
Joyner, The Seattle Times state player of the year on defense and the state’s Gatorade player of the year, is listed at 5 feet 10, 186 pounds. He is rated as a four-star recruit by Scout and 247sports.com, and ranked as the nation’s No. 268 recruit by ESPN.
He is the sixth in-state recruit to commit to UW for the Class of 2015, joining Myles Gaskin (O’Dea), Henry Roberts (Bellevue), Trey Adams (Wenatchee), Chico McClatcher (Federal Way) and Jusstis Warren (Lincoln).
He made his announcement during the Semper Fidelis All-American game, broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
He picked UW over Washington State and Boise State. Oregon reportedly made a late push to sign him.
Here are his high school highlights.
Joyner was also a standout running back for Marysville-Pilchuck, rushing for 1,768 yards on 133 attempts (13.3 yards per carry) and 32 touchdowns in leading the Tomahawks to the Class 3A state semifinals. He has said he prefers to play defense.
“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 said last month. “He’s a high-motor kid and he’s very physical and he’s not afraid to hit you.”
Joyner had previously been committed to Washington State but backed out of that verbal commitment after defensive coordinator Mike Breske was fired on Nov. 30. A year earlier, Joyner had made a verbal commitment to the Huskies, but he backed away from that after Steve Sarkisian left for USC.
UW 2015 RECRUITING
Twenty-two recruits are known to have made verbal commitments to the Huskies. National signing day is Feb. 4.
QB — Jake Browning, 6-2, 210, Folsom HS (Folsom, Calif.)
RB — Myles Gaskin, 5-9, 185, O’Dea HS
OL — Henry Roberts, 6-5, 270, Bellevue HS
OL — Trey Adams, 6-7, 270, Wenatchee HS
OL — Jared Hilbers, 6-7, 275, Beaverton HS (Beaverton, Ore.)
WR — Chico McClatcher, 5-9, 185, Federal Way HS
WR — Andre Baccellia, 5-11, 170, Westlake HS (Westlake Village, Calif.)
TE — Mike Neal, 6-4, 225, Etiwanda HS (Etiwanda, Calif.)
DL — Ricky McCoy, Roosevelt HS (Fresno, Calif.)
DL — Myles Rice, 6-4, 225, George Bush HS (Richmond, Texas)
DL — Jason Scrempos, 6-6, 250, Milpitas HS (Milpitas, Calif.)
LB — Tevis Bartlett, 6-3, 215, Cheyenne (Cheyenne, Wyo.)
LB — Jusstis Warren, 6-3, 225, Lincoln HS (Tacoma)
LB — D.J. Beavers, 6-1, 205, Crespi Carmelite HS (Encino, Calif)
LB — Ben Burr-Kirven, 6-0, 200, Sacred Heart Prep (Atherton, Calif.)
LB — Kyler Manu, 6-1, 220, Highland HS (Pocatello, Idaho)
CB — Austin Joyner, 5-10, 186, Marysville-Pilchuck HS (Marysville)
CB — Jordan Miller, 6-1, 175, Oceanside HS (Oceanside, Calif.)
S — Ezekiel Turner, 6-3, 200, Los Angeles Pierce College
S — Quinten Pounds, 6-1, 175, Cypress HS (Cypress, Calif.)
S — Isaiah Renfro, 6-2, 185, Sierra Canyon School (Chatsworth, Calif.)
LS — A.J. Carty, 6-3, 250, Servite HS (Anaheim, Calif.)
Note: Browning, Turner and offensive lineman Devin Burleson are enrolled in UW’s winter-term classes that begin Monday. Burleson was announced as part of UW’s 2014 class but grayshirted this past season.