Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford has added a sixth prospect to his first recruiting class with the commitment of four-star prospect Karron Johnson of Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion School.
"Coach Ford did a good job recruiting Karron," said Mt. Zion head coach Antonio Fozard. "His mother and he feel like Oklahoma State is the right spot. (Assistant) Coach Pierre was also a big factor because he had recruited Karron when he was at LSU and that carried over to Oklahoma State."
Johnson, who is the No. 45 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, still has work to do academically, but according to Fozard, he is headed the right direction both on and off the court.
"He's in pretty good shape academically," said Fozard. "He's on track right now. He still has some work to do, but I expect him to qualify.
"On the court his attitude towards the game has really improved. I think he has sort of messed around for three years, but I've noticed him mature a lot this year. He really enjoys playing with the talented younger foreign guys we have on the team and has embraced his role."
Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound power forward, chose Oklahoma State over West Virginia, Memphis, Seton Hall, UAB, South Florida and North Carolina State.
Coach Fozard was uncertain as to whether Johnson will sign early or not.
Johnson joins four-stars Raymond Penn and Roger Franklin and three-star prospects Reger Dowell, Fred Gulley and Torin Walker in Oklahoma State's 2009 recruiting class.
Karron Johnson scouting report:
Well built and athletic, Johnson is a formidable threat in the lane. He is an explosive rebounder and a strong finisher. He is a decent ball handler as well, but he has work to do on his shooting range. When he puts his mind to it, Johnson can also be a difference maker on the defensive end.