Joyner makes early decision

Washington Head Coach Steve Sarkisian asked Austin Joyner to call him tonight, and so the 5-foot-10, 185-pound athlete from Marysville-Pilchuck did just that, becoming Washington's third verbal commit for the 2015 class Tuesday night when he announced his intentions on his Twitter account shortly after making the call to Sarkisian.

"I've been leaning toward Washington for a while now, and I felt like it was the right time - so I called up (Steve) Sarkisian, he wanted me to give him a call at 8:15," Joyner told Dawgman.com shortly after his Tweet.

"There's really no reason to wait and it gets old with all the different coaches and stuff when they contact you. They all say the same thing. It's just really repetitive. With Washington it was totally different. In fact they had a totally different level of interest, and that set them apart from other colleges."

This is what his tweet said:
"May seem early. But feels right! Made my decision to become a Dawg tonight! Couldn't be more happy with my choice! #Udub #Commit #DawgNation"

He chose the Huskies over current standing offers from Portland State, Oregon State and Washington State.

Joyner joins Wenatchee's Trey Adams and defensive tackle Jacob Daniel as early commitments for Washington's 2015 class.

And Sarkisian's reaction? "He went crazy," Joyner said. "He told the whole coaching staff and he had me talking to a bunch of different people in there and they were all excited."

Joyner, already rated four stars by Scout.com, added that his parents have given their blessing for the early decision.

He has amassed quite a career for the Tomahawks in two seasons, combining for 3341 rushing yards and 41 touchdowns - all while dealing with a bum ankle for most of his junior season.

"It's sprained and it still is…I've been playing with it since week three," said Joyner. "It's starting to heal up now that the season's over."

Joyner is a talented athlete that can play on both sides of the ball, and he said the Huskies are still debating in their recruiting war room about how to use him.

"They said they are still fighting over which side of the ball…they said I might be playing a little bit of both," Joyner said.

And if it was his choice? "I'd probably go offense because I'm more confident on offense right now. I don't play as much DB because I'm not needed to."

With nearly a year-and-a-half until he signs a letter of intent, Joyner said he'll definitely start working some of the other recruits he knows, including Federal Way's Chico McClatcher and O'Dea's Myles Gaskin.

"But I'm not going to try and talk them into something they don't want to do," he said. "It's their choice."

Any other words for UW fans? Joyner was straight to the point: "Go Dawgs!"
NOTE: Joyner was asked about his running style. This is what he said. "I don't go down on first contact, ever. It's rare. I don't get run down from behind."

You can see it for yourself in this highlight video below.



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