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Darrell Johnson becomes first Kansas State recruit under Weber

Kansas State’s new era under former Illinois coach Bruce Weber has kicked off in earnest, with the first recruit now on the board. Parkway North (MO) power forward Darrell Johnson, a 6′-8″, 230 pound power forward, committed to the Wildcats over Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

In a report on KansasCity.com, Johnson cited his close relationship to new Kansas State assistant coach Chris Lowery, who was recruiting Johnson while he was the head coach at Southern Illinois.

Regarding his commitment, Johnson told KansasCity.com,”I had a good visit to Kansas State and really got along with the players there. They told me about the program and Coach Weber, how nice a guy he is. They also have the major I’m going in to — construction engineering. I liked all those things about Kansas State.”

Kansas State signed two prospects in the early signing period, centers Robert Upshaw and Laimonas Chatkevicius. Upshaw has since decided to attend Fresno State, following former coach Frank Martin’s departure for South Carolina, while the status of Chatkevicius is currently unknown.

While at Illinois, Weber signed Crete-Monee (IL) point guard Michael Orris. Following his departure, Orris was released from his letter of intent, and made the trip to Kansas State over the weekend. He could be the final piece of Weber’s new class at Kansas State, if he commits to the Wildcats.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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