Joyner Lands Early Offer

Austin Joyner

Marysville (Wash.) Marysville-Pillchuck 2015 athlete Austin Joyner picked up an offer from Washington during an unofficial visit Wednesday…

Marysville (Wash.) Marysville-Pillchuck 2015 athlete Austin Joyner was in Seattle Wednesday to take pictures for an All-Area selection by the Seattle Times. While in town, he decided to stop by the Washington campus. He left with his first college offer.

"This is the first day I have talked to them," said Joyner. "So it was a surprise."

"It was coach Sark that offered me," said Joyner. "But I met the whole coaching staff and the running backs coach Joel (Thomas)."

The 5'9" 180lbs prospect could have a college future on either side of the ball. The Husky coaching staff is looking for him to play running back and defensive back.

"They actually were talking about how they would fight about which side I would be on (laugh)," said Joyner.

"I like them both equally too," said Joyner. "So, I don't have a preference."

Joyner is just a sophomore and one of only two 2015 prospects with reported Washington offers. The reality of getting his first offer doesn't seem to have set in quite yet.

"I don't really know. It's a great feeling," said Joyner. "It's one of those things that you hope for. I know I am capable of playing at that level now."

Joyner has lived in Washington for a while, but is originally from the state of Florida. One reason that he is not just getting interest from local programs, but from some across the country.

"I am hearing from Washington State, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and bunch of other schools," said Joyner. "It's hard to remember them all… Arizona as well."

Joyner doesn't have a favorite school or dream offer, and plans on taking his time in making a college decision.

"No. It doesn't matter to me," said Joyner. "I am just going to wait and see what schools are interested in me. We'll see how everything works out when I am a senior."

On offense, Joyner plays with great speed and shows the ability to make cuts at full speed. On defense, his ability to play the ball stands out, with multiple interceptions in his highlights.

Joyner, who should have a long list of offers come signing day 2015, was humble when asked what separates him from his opponents.

"I am not really sure," said Joyner. "I have been playing football for a long time. I think I am faster and stronger than most guys."

Check out his sophomore highlights (RB/CB, #5) in the video below:



Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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