The University of Kansas signed Ben Johnson of Basehor-Linwood High School as tight end on Wednesday. Kansas State University announced Vernon Vaughn from Sumner Academy would be a wide receiver.
In a signing news conference, KU coach Charlie Weis praised Johnson’s record as an all-state football player and member of the championship basketball team.
Johnson, a 6-5, 230-pound freshman, will play tight end. He played defensive end playing at Basehor-Linwood. Johnson also was in the National Honor Society.
“He’s just the type of guy you look for in this position,” Weis said.
Vaughn, according to K-State information, originally signed in 2012.
He is a 6-2, 190-pound wide receiver. He was named to the first-team all-Kansas squad for two years in high school.
As a junior, he had 58 catches for 865 yards and 17 touchdowns. He finished his high school career with 94 catches for 1,517 yards and 24 touchdowns, averaging 16.1 yards per catch.
He also led Sumner Academy’s basketball team to two state championships. Vaughn also is a Kansas Honor Scholar and National Honor Society member.