K-State's First Commitment

K-State's First Commitment

Josh Johnson, defensive end from Raymore-Peculiar, (Mo.), has been a verbal pledge to Kansas State for a while. He kept the news away from the media, and now Johnson opens up about the decision to commit to the Wildcats.

"I committed to Kansas State about a month ago," said Josh Johnson. "I committed the Thursday after their spring game. I like their football and academic program. I like their record. I thought they were a pretty good school."

"I have only been there once. It was for their spring game. The campus is big. It was pretty nice. All the stuff is easy to find. It wasn't difficult. Their academic program fits into what I want to major in. I want to major in graphic design and engineering."

"One of the big reasons for my decision was the coaching staff. They gave me a lot of information about the school. They told me how they treat their players. I really liked that. Coach [Warren] Ruggiero was my recruiting coach. He was very helpful."

The 6-foot-8, 267-pound prospect did not receive any other offers, but Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State and Kansas were showing heavy interest.

"It's a relief," Johnson said. "The recruiting process is hard. I can't really explain it. It's an exciting feeling. I want to get good enough to go play at Kansas State."

"I think I am still going to take some visits. I think I should look around just to make sure."

Johnson has a huge frame and expects to play defense for the Wildcats.

"They said I could play anything I would like to try for," he explained. "I am going to go as a defensive end. My pass rushing is my favorite thing to do. I am the best at going against the run block. Right now I am trying to improve my strength and speed. Once the season starts I want to work on my skills."

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