"They're pretty excited about it, to say the least," said Johnstone of his parents' reaction to his offer from their alma mater.
Living in Arizona, Johnstone (6-5.5, 250) himself hasn't been to Pullman and seen the Wazzu campus yet. That might change soon. The Hamilton High product and his parents are eyeing an unofficial visit to the Palouse later this summer, date to be determined.
WSU RECRUITING COORDINATOR Rich Rasmussen is the point man for Washington State in the Grand Canyon State.
"They'd been emailing me for a little while and had watched my highlights. Coach Razz came down and watched me workout last week during our spring and then they offered (Tuesday)," said Johnstone.
AS A JUNIOR, Johnstone was named honorable mention all-region at offensive tackle and first team all-region at long snapper in helping Hamilton win the 5A-1 state title. Currently the No. 64 rated OT, he might see that national position rating increase given the schools that populate his early offer sheet. He holds double digit offers, from Washington State, Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State and others could be on the way soon.
"Razz said he really liked me leadership qualities. He said he knew I was a good (character) kid coming out of high school and then athletically he said he liked my quick feet and that I move really well, especially for a lineman. He also said he liked how I get downfield. He said those were some of the selling points for him," said Johnstone.
JOHNSTONE ALSO PLANS on talking with Paul Wulff and WSU o-line coaching veteran Steve Morton in the next couple of days.
"I'm planning on doing that (Thursday). Coach Razz emailed me with the head coach's number and with coach Morton's number so that way I can make contact with them whenever I have a chance," said Johnstone.
JOHNSTONE IS NOT close physically to where he'll be as a collegian, checking in around 250 pounds as his junior year comes to a close. But his style is physical.
"I love getting second level blocks. Nothing really feels like driving a kid down the field, like 20 yards off the ball, but I love making second level hits too because you're going full throttle," said Johnstone.
AND WHEN YOU'RE a good long snapper you're never going to be lonely -- not at any level of football and both area recruiter Rasmussen and Cougar o-line coach Morton saw Johnstone workout live at his high school during the May Evaluation period.
"I think I'm pretty good because I got first team all-region for long snapping and our region I think is probably the best in the state. I snapped this week for the first time since the state game to show the o-line coach for WSU. I think that went pretty well, I had a couple wobbly ones but I've gotten a lot faster since last year. I think that could be a selling point, too," said Johnstone.
Distance, he said, will not be a factor in his decision.
"I kinda want to wait until mid-season, maybe after the season to make my decision because I want to focus on my senior year and winning the state championship with my team," said Johnstone.
There are 14-plus minutes of Johnstone's junior season iso-highlight reels below.
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