Sept. 8, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars football helmet sits during a game against the Eastern Washington Eagles during the second half at Martin Stadium. The Cougars would go onto win by a final score of 24-20. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Washington State football recruiting: 4-star RB Austin Joyner commits to Cougars

Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars have made huge strides over the last two years, lifting the Cougars to a 6-6 regular season record and appearance in a bowl game in 2013.

On Friday, he added the type of play-maker that could help the Cougars take the next step when 4-star all-purpose running back Austin Joyner gave his pledge to the Cougars.

The 5’11, 186-pound Joyner is from Marysville, Washington and attends Marysville Pilchuck High School.

J.C. Shurburtt of 24/7 Sports has the scoop.

Washington State picked up a big in-state verbal commitment on Friday when four-star Austin Joyner (Maryville, Wash./Pilchuck) committed to the Cougars over Boise State. Joyner committed to WSU as a cornerback and his desire to play on the defensive side of the ball in college, along with his brother being at Wazzu, was the difference in his recruitment.

Joyner is ranked as the fifth-best all-purpose running back prospect, the top overall prospect in the state of Washington and the 211th-best overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

Joyner chose the Cougars over offers from Arkansas Razorbacks, Boise State Broncos and Oregon State Beavers, among others.

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