Kansas State has had success in the past recruiting Raymore (Mo.) Raymore-Peculiar, so it's no surprise the Wildcats have tapped into the school once again for their first known commitment for the class of 2009.
The Wildcats have landed a commitment from 6-foot-8, 266-pound defensive end Josh Johnson. Johnson said he actually committed to the Wildcats several weeks ago after receiving a written scholarship offer from Ron Prince the Thursday following K-State's spring game.
"I talked to coach Prince, and told him I was committing," Johnson said.
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"He said he was glad to have me. He was pretty pumped up. I was also recruited by Warren Ruggiero. He was a nice guy. He helped me learn a lot more about K-State. They were real helpful in helping me understand what it's like up there and how I would contribute."
Johnson said he was pumped up about the early offer.
"It came through the mail and it was a week after Thursday after their spring game," he said. "I was excited to get it. I didn't know too much about them at first, because growing up in Missouri it was more of a KU-MU thing, but I started to look more strongly at them."
With a massive frame like that, it would be easy to project Johnson as an offensive lineman, but he said the Wildcats left the door open to him what position he could play.
"They said anything I went out for, it'd be Ok," he said. "I guess like they like me as an athlete. I've never played offense before, and I'm still learning the defensive end position. I moved from defensive tackle to defensive end about half way through the season. I could have done better if I had played there all year long.
"But I do like playing defense. I like how you can control so much of the game. It's all up to you how to stop the quarterback or running back."
Johnson said he recently tested out at 280-pounds on the bench press and 385-pounds on the squat. He also recently attended the Kansas offense line-defensive line camp last weekend. He indicated that Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Nebraska and Missouri are still showing him some interest.
"KU's camp was a little different because they play a different style of defense than we do," he said. "We do more reading and reacting. With them it's more of an attacking defense, so they spent a lot of time trying to work with us and teach us how to be more explosive."
Johnson also said he trains with former K-State great Paul Coffman.