Marysville Pilchuck’s Joyner withdraws commitment to UW

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a four-star running back by Scout and ESPN.com from Marysville Pilchuck High School, announced Friday morning he had withdrawn his committment to Washington on Twitter.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And despite the withdrawn commitment, Joyner has not ruled out recommitting to Washington and eventually signing with the Huskies.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 ESPN.com. 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 in Sports

UW volleyball’s Sanders having an instant impact

The former Glacier Peak star is an integral part of the No. 14 Huskies in her first college season.

Five things to know about Glacier Peak’s Mari Hsieh

In less than two years, the senior has become a top prep diver.

Carroll takes blame for Seahawks’ sideline scuffle

The shoving between Doug Baldwin and Tom Cable was a product of the environment Carroll creates.

VIDEO: Washington Huskies volleyball player Lauren Sanders

The Glacier Peak High School graduate is excelling as a freshman for 12th-ranked UW.

UCLA quarterback Rosen to test UW’s defense

The junior quarterback leads the Pac-12 in passing yardage.

Monday’s prep results, recaps and links

Here are Monday’s prep results, links and recaps: BOYS TENNIS 4A District… Continue reading

POLL: How far will the Sounders go in the playoffs?

Seattle Sounders FC is seeking to repeat as MLS Cup champion.

Seahawks shake off slow start, sideline fracas to beat Giants

Russell Wilson throws 3 2nd-half TD passes and Seattle’s defense allows just 177 yards in 24-7 win.

Longtime Shorecrest volleyball coach Morehouse retiring

Dave Morehouse, who has coached the Shorecrest volleyball team for the past… Continue reading

Most Read