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TE Ben Johnson is KU's first 2013 commit

Tight end Ben Johnson (Basehor, Kan./Basehor-Linwood) took to Twitter after finalizing major news regarding his recruiting process.

The tweet read: “Officially a jayhawk baby! #kansasfootball”

Johnson, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound tight end, verbally committed to Kansas and became the Jayhawks first commitment of the 2013 recruiting class late Thursday evening. Recruited by Kansas offensive line coach Tim Grunhard and tight ends coach Jeff Blasko, Johnson picked up an offer on Wednesday and made a call to head coach Charlie Weis to give his verbal pledge Thursday.

Johnson, during the 2011 season, lined up at tight end, defensive end and punter for Basehor-Linwood, helping the Bobcats to a 10-1 record. He was a reliable, pass-catching option for Basehor-Linwood at tight end, catching a team-high 56 balls for 954 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Defensively, Johnson recorded 57 tackles and two sacks. The defensive end was fourth on his team in tackles. As a punter, Johnson averaged 37.6 yards per kick and had a long of 56.

Johnson chose Kansas over interest from Kansas State and Iowa State.