Where do things stand between Joyner and WSU?

THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, Cougar verbal commit Austin Joyner had heard great things about the new football ops building at WSU. So last weekend, the 4-star future Coug cornerback decided to take a look for himself. What did he think? Have the two latest Pac-12 offers that came after his Wazzu pledge turned his head? CF.C spoke with Joyner about all that and more.

Last Friday, Joyner and his parents made the trip from Marysville to Pullman to visit his brother, who is a student at Washington State. And while out there, you better believe Joyner met with the WSU coaches and got his first look at the football ops building.

“I came in wanting to see the new building,” Joyner said. “I wanted to see the dorms too. It was my idea to go out there. My parents wanted to go to see my brother and with me wanting to see him and check everything out, it was a nice excuse to get out there for the weekend.”

So what did Joyner think of the new building?

“I love the new facilities,” Joyner said. Everything was really nice. The weight room alone was the best that I’ve ever seen.”

DURING HIS VISIT, Joyner also had the opportunity to meet with his future position coach and defensive coordinator, Mike Breske, and area recruiter Eric Russell.

“Coach Breske was showing me some videos from last season and we had a good talk,” Joyner said. “He was telling me that I need to come out there next year and be ready to work.

“With the depth chart in the secondary, they’re young. I can come in and compete at a young age. No one has a locked up spot right now and everyone is fighting for playing time.”

Joyner also had the opportunity to meet some of the incoming freshman.

“I hung out with a few of the guys and Sulaiman Hameed was one of them,” Joyner said. “He’s going to play safety next season. Suli told me he’s loving it out there and we spoke about why he chose Pullman.”

ALTHOUGH HE COMMITTED to WSU in April, it hasn’t stopped teams from continuing to pursue him. Joyner has added offers from Arizona and Washington since he gave his verbal to the Cougs.

“Schools are still coming after me,” Joyner said. “I haven’t gotten any new offers (since UW), but Boise State, Arizona and Washington are still on me.”

Don’t expect Joyner to flip his commitment, he said.

“I’m 100 percent solid to WSU,” he said. “I’m going to be a Cougar. I feel at home here. Pullman is a small town and I love it. WSU meets all my standards and I have a good chance of starting at a young age. I have no reason to go anywhere else.”

Joyner added that he’ll be making a return trip to the Palouse in the fall.

“I’m going to do that (official visit) for sure,” he said. “We haven’t set anything up yet, but I know I’ll be back. I’m also going to go to their first game in Seattle against Rutgers. After that, I’ll go to another one in Pullman.”

Joyner will play corner at the next level but stars at running back for Marysville-Pilchuck High. He is a little over a month away from starting his senior season. Marysville-Pilchuck opens the 2014 campaign at home on Sept. 5 against Kamiak High.

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