WSU verbals react to coaching changes

THE BIG WSU NEWS on Sunday that Mike Breske and Paul Volero were fired by Mike Leach has reached the ears of Cougar verbal commits. This includes four-star Austin Joyner, who tells Cougfan.com that although his would-be position coach will not be in Pullman in 2015, he is still planning on playing for Mike Leach and WSU. CF.C has also heard back from other pledges -- here are their thoughts ...

Mike Breske has been recruiting Joyner since the Marysville product was a freshman. However, as was widely speculated to occur, Breske was fired from his position as the defensive coordinator on Sunday.

Joyner committed to Washington State last April and has spoken highly of Breske throughout his recruitment process. In addition to Breske, Joyner's former area recruiter Eric Russell was also let go by the Cougs earlier this season.

When asked if Breske's firing affects his recruitment, Joyner said, "I don't know yet, but I don't think it will! Depends on who they bring in, but probably not."

The four-star defensive back commit told CF.C a few weeks back that although he is committed to WSU, he is still planning on taking visits to UW and Boise State in December.

"You never know what can happen with coaches," Joyner said. "I need to be prepared if something happens."

CF.C ALSO REACHED out to the other WSU commits, who have provided their insights on the coaching changes. This included three-star RB commit James Williams, whose area recruiter was Volero.

"Well yes and no because he's not my position coach, but he did a great job trying to get me to go to Washington State and he is a very good guy," Williams said. "He's one of the reasons I committed, but yeah I just found out like 20 minutes ago and I felt bad, but I know he's going to find another job somewhere else I'm pretty sure."

Three-star WR commit Deontay Burnett also spoke with CF.C on Sunday night, providing his reaction of the news.

"I play offense so its not a big deal for me," Burnett said. "I'm Sad that Coach V (Volero) is gone, though. He didn’t recruit me, but I talked to him a lot. I talked to him this morning at breakfast and I had a good conversation with him.

"I'm still committed to Wazzu."

Here's more reaction:

Four-star DT Thomas Toki: "I feel sorry for them, but if it benefits the team, then let it be. I don’t know much of what’s going on inside, but only Coach Leach can handle that. I just do what I can do and play the game. It doesn’t affect my commitment. What would affect my commitment is if they fire Joe Salave’a. If they fired him, then I’d decommit, but they're not going to do that. They’re smart to not let go of a good coach like him."

Three-star CB Darrien Molton: "It's sad to hear of anyone losing their job, but I committed to Washington State and I believe in Coach Leach, Coach (Ken) Wilson and the Washington State football program. I'm very excited to become a Cougar and help our team become one of the best in the country."

Note: CF.C is continuing to reach out to other verbals of the 2015 class. As we hear back, this article will continue to be updated.

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