MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State head coach Bruce Weber announced the signing of his first recruit on Friday, as Darrell Johnson (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North) signed a National Letter of Intent with the Wildcats.
"I'm excited to get a recruit of Darrell's quality this late in the signing period," said Weber. "He is a player that we have watched for some time and we feel will be a great fit for our team at the power forward spot. He has tremendous physical gifts, including the ability to defend the rim and be a really good shot blocker. We like his toughness and workmanlike attitude from having played both football and basketball. He also hails from a strong high school basketball area in St. Louis, which we hope will become a strong base for our recruiting efforts."
A 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward from St. Louis, Mo., Johnson comes to K-State from Parkway North High School, where he earned second team all-state honors as a senior for coach Russell Vincent in 2011-12. He helped the Vikings (21-7) to their first-ever Class 5, District 5 title and a No. 10 final ranking in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch large school classification. In addition to all-state honors, he was named first team All-Suburban South Conference and league co-Defensive Player of the Year as well as to the All-Metro second team by the Post-Dispatch.