- Mason Kelley, Reporter, Recruiting Nation
During each break in Tuesday’s practice, Washington coaches would jog over to Austin Joyner (Marysville, Wash./Marysville-Pilchuck) to talk about the prospect of the sophomore one day playing for the program.
Toward the end of practice, Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian pulled the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete aside and offered him a scholarship.
“It’s great,” Joyner said. “It’s just good to know I’m capable of playing at the next level and that other people see it, too. It’s not just I think I could be a D-I athlete. Now that I have the first offer, I’ve realized what I’m able to do.”
Joyner said the Huskies started showing interest recently, but he had no idea his trip to practice would result in his first offer.
“Not really,” Joyner said. “There was nothing that led me to think they were going to be the ones to give me my first offer. I hadn’t had any contact with them besides the last couple of days.”
As a running back, Joyner rushed for 2,036 yards this season, leading Marysville-Pilchuck to the Class 3A quarterfinals. But he is also a talented safety, so Washington extended the scholarship offer to the prospect as an athlete.
When asked whether he has a preference as to where he would like to play, Joyner said it depends on where his offers line up when it is time for him to make a decision. He isn't in any hurry to pick a position. Right now, he is enjoying the opportunities he has been given, whether it is on the football field or watching Washington practice.
“It went great,” Joyner said. “I got to meet pretty much the whole coaching staff, offense and defense. I got to watch the practice, feel the vibe of everything. It was nice.
“It was a really good experience. I got to go out there and be on the same field as a bunch of D-I athletes. It’s something else.”