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Wide receiver Isaiah Johnson-Mack announces departure from Washington State football program

USC Trojans cornerback Iman Marshall (8) commits pass interference while guarding Washington State Cougars wide receiver Isaiah Johnson-Mack (9) during the first half of college football game on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
USC Trojans cornerback Iman Marshall (8) commits pass interference while guarding Washington State Cougars wide receiver Isaiah Johnson-Mack (9) during the first half of college football game on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – Isaiah Johnson-Mack is leaving the Washington State football program, citing “personal reasons” and a desire to play football “at a school closer to home.”

The sophomore receiver from Belle Glade, Florida, announced his decision on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

“I would like to thank WSU for all the opportunities they have given me,” Johnson-Mack wrote, “however, due to personal reasons myself & my family have came to the conclusion that it would be better for me to finish the remainder of my collegiate career at a school closer to home.”

Johnson-Mack didn’t clarify where he plans to transfer to or if he intends to play in the Cougars’ bowl game later this month – likely the Dec. 27 Foster Farms Bowl in Santa Clara, California.

The Cougars’ starter at “Z” receiver played in all 12 games this season and finished the regular season third on the team with 60 catches for 555 yards and five touchdowns.

If Johnson-Mack doesn’t play in the bowl game, Dezmon Patmon, the listed backup at “Z” receiver, will likely slide into his spot. Patmon’s made 31 catches for 341 yards but doesn’t have a touchdown in 2017.

Johnson-Mack is one of two players on the WSU roster from Belle Glade – commonly known as “Muck City.” The other is Tavares Martin Jr., a junior who leads the Cougars in receptions (70), receiving yards (831) and touchdowns (9). Martin Jr. and Johnson-Mack both attended Dwyer High School in Belle Glade.


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