The Herald of Everett, Washington
Customer service  |  Subscribe   |   Log in or sign up   |   Advertising information   |   Contact us
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up  Green editions icon Green editions

Marysville Pilchuck's Joyner withdraws commitment to UW

Tomahawks junior RB said he's not done with UW, chats with Oregon coaches on Friday

SHARE: facebook Twitter icon Pinterest icon Linkedin icon Google+ icon Email icon |  PRINTER-FRIENDLY  |  COMMENTS
  • Marysville Pilchuck's Austin Joyner has rushed for 3,824 yards and 47 touchdowns in his first three seasons for the Tomahawks.

    File photo

    Marysville Pilchuck's Austin Joyner has rushed for 3,824 yards and 47 touchdowns in his first three seasons for the Tomahawks.

The University of Washington picked up a head coach Friday morning but also lost a top recruit.
Austin Joyner, a four-star running back by Scout and from Marysville Pilchuck High School, announced Friday morning he had withdrawn his committment to Washington on Twitter.
His post came soon after the school announced the hiring of former Boise State coach Chris Petersen as the Huskies' new head coach.
"So today I'm decommitting from the University of Washington. Not possible to be committed to a school with a coach I don't even know," Joyner tweeted.

Joyner, who is regarded as one of the top recruits in the state, had committed to Washington and then-head coach Steve Sarkisian on Nov. 19. However, with Sarkisian departing for the University of Southern California on Monday, Joyner told The Herald his recruitment was "murky right now."
Verbal commitments are non-binding. An athlete can't officially sign with a school until February of his senior year.
Before his commitment Joyner also had offers from Pacific-12 schools Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State. Coaches from Oregon visited Marysville Pilchuck to talk to Joyner on Friday at 10 a.m., two hours after Petersen was announced as the new Husky head coach. The Ducks have not yet officially offered Joyner a scholarship.
And despite the withdrawn commitment, Joyner has not ruled out recommitting to Washington and eventually signing with the Huskies.
"Everyone just automatically thinks that I am completely done with Washington but it's not true," Joyner said in a text message Friday night. "I decommitted because I don't know the head coach at all at this point. How can you commit to someone you don't even know?"
While at Boise State, Petersen had not talked to Joyner, the No. 3 recruit in Washington state and the No. 11 running back in the country for the Class of 2015, according to Joyner rushed for 1,521 yards and 21 touchdowns this past season and was named The Herald's Offensive Player of the Year.
On Monday when Sarkisian left Joyner said that the coach was "a very huge part of why I was going there," along with liking the facilities and staying close to home. He said he was going to wait and see who Washington would hire to replace Sarkisian.
Now that the Huskies have their coach, it remains to be seen if they'll have their star running back.
"I'm going to wait for a while and just reopen up my recruitment," Joyner said.

More High Schools Headlines


Prep sports headlines

High school sports headlines


Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus