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Austin Joyner talks about his commitment

The newest Cougar verbal discussed why he chose the Cougars and why he wants to play defense.

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When Austin Joyner committed to WSU last week, one of the first reactions by many was "is he sure he doesn't want to play running back?" Joyner's highlights are full of him shredding defenses as a running back, but he is coming to WSU as a defensive back. The decision to play defense wasn't because of potential earnings down the road, but injury concerns.

"The injury rate for running backs is higher than any other position," Joyner said, via the Seattle Times. "I want to have a healthy life outside of football."

Joyner originally committed to Washington, but opened his recruitment back up after Steve Sarkisian left for USC. Washington fell out of the picture when new head coach Chris Petersen opted not to offer Joyner as a defensive back. Things then came down to Petersen's old school, Boise State, and WSU. So what was the deciding factor?

"It came down to talent level," Joyner said. "The Pac-12 is more competitive. That's what made me make my decision."

Joyner will come to WSU as either a corner or safety. He can't sign with the Cougars for nearly 10 months, but in the meantime you can check out his hudl highlights.


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