Did Austin Joyner just announce his choice?

FOUR-STAR prep cornerback prospect Austin Joyner, said to be deciding between Washington State and Washington, is holding a secret. But the Marysville product sent a text message to CF.C on Christmas night that spoke tooth-rattling volumes on where he's likely heading to play college ball.

"I'm not doing any (media) interviews because I know where I'm going and don't want anyone knowing until the fourth," Joyner texted CF.C Thursday evening. Joyner did not specify in the text if he was referring to Jan. 4 or Feb. 4 but shortly after press time it appeared he was referring to Jan. 4. The Semper Fi Bowl in which Joyner is scheduled to play is Jan. 4. Signing Day this year falls on February 4. More below.

Washington State has yet to name a defensive coordinator or DBs coach since dismissing Mike Breske, and Joyner -- upon decommitting from the Cougars shortly after Breske's firing -- said WSU's hiring choices would be integral to his decision on where to play college ball.

So logic would dictate that Joyner, if as firm in a decision as he said he was in his Christmas text, will be heading to Washington.

After decommitting from WSU on Dec. 2, Joyner and his parents took an official visit to UW on Dec. 5. Joyner, out of Marysville-Pilchuck High, also took an official visit to Boise State on Dec. 12 but there has been no indication over the last month that Joyner is leaning toward the Broncos.

Joyner is scheduled to take an official visit to Washington State on Jan. 23 but it's unknown if that trip will still take place in light of his text message.

Joyner had verbally committed, as a running back, to Washington back in November of 2013 but then decommitted less than a month later when Steve Sarkisian left for USC. About four months later, Joyner verbally committed to Washington State (April 2014) saying one of the chief reasons for his decision was because WSU wanted him as a cornerback and not as a running back. Most schools, including UW, had sought him as a RB.

Scout.com re-ranked him as a corner and the Huskies, and others, later capitulated on the notion of him as a running back and told Joyner they would play him at corner.

Joyner, a two-time All-State selection, this season rushed for 1,768 yards on 133 carries with 32 touchdowns at Marysville-Pilchuck, earning loads of offensive honors and accolades including Washington state football Gatorade Player of the Year.

In an article published by the Everett Herald on Dec. 21, he told the paper he had no timetable on when he would commit but two days earlier, another recruiting site reported Joyner said he would commit on TV during halftime of the Semper Fi bowl. In the Herald piece, Joyner had said he was very much “undecided” but the text message he sent CF.C clearly indicates that things have changed.

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