Recruiting: Standout WR Commits To Cowboys

Wide receiver Kevin Johnson, a speedster who has been timed at 4.39 in the forty, had offers from nearly 15 schools in recent months but the senior-to-be at Cypress Ridge High School in Houston decided Wednesday night to end the recruiting process. The 6-2, 190-pound Johnson told GoPokes.com on Thursday afternoon that "I'm going to become an Oklahoma State Cowboy."

Johnson picked Oklahoma State after receiving offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Baylor, Vanderbilt, Kansas, Iowa State, Utah, Rice, Syracuse, Northwestern and several others. Oklahoma had shown interest in Johnson in recent weeks but had not yet offered.

But the standout wide receiver decided to end the process Wednesday night and gave Oklahoma State assistant head coach Joe DeForest his commitment.

"I got tired of the recruiting process. It was overwhelming. It was great for a while, but it had gotten overwhelming," he said. "I'd just come to the conclusion that Oklahoma State was the best place for me."

Johnson caught 45 passes for 690 yards (more than 15 yards per reception) and 12 touchdowns last season for Cy Ridge, which was 9-3 before losing a heartbreaking playoff game to Copperas Cove, 55-48, on a 40-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left to play. He also added 116 yards and completed the one pass he attempted for a touchdown.

"I can be as many types of players as you want me to be," said Johnson. "I can be physical at the line of scrimmage, I can use my speed to get deep behind the defense ... I run good routes to get open, have consistent hands to catch the ball if it's near me. I just like to make plays.

"I'm not too much of an individual person when it comes to the football field. I always put the team first. Of course, I want to have a big year and have some good stats but the main thing I want to do is win. I want to come away with the hardware at the end," he added.

Johnson has yet to visit Oklahoma State but says he and his family will be making the trip north to Stillwater the weekend of June 13-14.

"As my offers came in I was able to look at them all, and once Oklahoma State got here I knew right away that they were going to be at the top of the list. I just wanted to take some time to see what else would come but I just felt like that's the place to be," he said.

Johnson says he is finished with the recruiting process, and will sign with Oklahoma State next February. "As far as recruiting goes, I'm done," said Johnson, who gave his verbal commitment to Cowboy head coach Mike Gundy on Thursday morning.

"I talked to my high school coach. I won't be getting any more mail or anything like that. I've let other coaches already know (that I've committed to Oklahoma State), and told them. I'm solid on my decision, so come February there won't be any change."

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