Junior College Signees JOHN GUYDON DT, 6-2, 300, Jr., JC, Yorba Linda, Calif. (El Dorado/Fullerton Community College)
JUNIOR COLLEGE—As a sophomore, he earned second-team JUCO All-America honors and unanimous first-team all-Mission Conference honors, with SuperPrep ranking him as the No. 79 player on its JUCO Top 100 List (the seventh DL), and JCFootball.com ranking him among eight D-tackles in its Top 101.
He earned second-team all-conference honors as a freshman. As a senior, he was second among all Mission Conference defensive linemen with 60 tackles (23 solo, 19 for losses, two sacks). He also forced two fumbles and recovered two. As a freshman, he made 35 tackles (19 solo), with 16 for losses, two sacks and an interception. His top game came his soph year against rival Santa Ana: in a 24-21 win, he had 10 tackles, three hurries and a sack in helping to limit Santa Ana to just 86 yards on 46 rushes. Fullerton CC was 3-7 his senior year and 6-5 his junior season under coach Gene Murphy.
HIGH SCHOOL—He lettered three years in football, a two-way starter every season. He had 65 tackles as a senior playing as a 250-pound defensive tackle, along with four sacks and an interception; he racked up 55 stops with sacks and a pick as a junior defensive end.
He had roughly 40 tackles at tackles as a sophomore. On offense, he started at guard for all three seasons and did not allow a quarterback sack. El Dorado was 2-8 his senior year and 6-4 his junior season under coach Rick Jones. He also lettered twice in track, throwing the shot put and discus.
ACADEMICS—He is interested in communication and broadcast journalism as his major at CU. A 3.0 student in junior college, he is a finalist for a student-athlete achievement award for southern California junior colleges.
VITALS—He has 4.95 speed in the 40 and bench presses 405 pounds.
RECRUITING—He selected Colorado over Oregon State, LSU, Oregon, Tennessee, UNLV and San Diego State. A self-proclaimed late bloomer ("I wasn't what you'd call an elite guy"), he wasn't recruited out of high school.
PERSONAL—Born August 18, 1983 in Compton, Calif. His main hobby is comedy; he's performed stand-up in several California comedy clubs, and cites comedian Dannon Greene as his mentor. He's also met legendary comedians and actors Tommy Davidson and Martin Lawrence. Other hobbies include entertainment of all kinds, music, movies and live performances. He also excels at performing "Beat Box," which he has done for a couple of major Southern California radio stations. His second cousin, Damian Anderson, played tailback at Northwestern (under current CU coach Gary Barnett) and is now with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. (Last name is pronounced "guy-dunn".)
McKENZIE TILMON DT, 6-4, 315, Jr., JC, Irving, Texas (MacArthur/NE Oklahoma A&M)
JUNIOR COLLEGE—A PrepStar JUCO Top 125 performer, he was primarily a nose guard as a sophomore, with his main duties to clog the middle against the run. He was in on 20 tackles, five for losses with two quarterback sacks, to go with 20 hurries, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal (NEO rotated in eight DL's all season). He made 32 tackles as a freshman (23 solo), with six for losses, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one recovery playing both defensive end and tackle.
NE Oklahoma A&M was 11-1 his sophomore year and 6-4 his freshman year under coach Dale Patterson. NE Oklahoma was the Southwest Junior College champion and defeated Erie (N.Y.) Community College, 27-21, in the Red River Bowl to finish No. 2 in the nation his sophomore season.
HIGH SCHOOL—He earned both Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 honors as a senior, also when Prep Football Report named him to its all-Southwest team and PrepStar to its all-Midlands squad. He was one of 14 defensive lineman on the Chronicle's list, while PFR ranked him as the No. 75 player overall in the southwest and the ninth D-lineman. He was a three-time, first-team all-district selection at defensive end, as he started his sophomore through senior seasons.
As a senior, he was in on 64 tackles, with 17 for losses including seven quarterback sacks; he blocked three punts, had three fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and three passes broken up.
As a junior, he was in on 84 tackles, 20 for losses (10 sacks), along with forcing six fumbles, three recoveries, two blocked punts and two PBU's. He had 68 tackles as a sophomore, including eight TFL's and four sacks, adding three forced fumbles (two recoveries), two passes broken up and a blocked punt. He also occasionally played tight end, usually going in for blocking situations. His top career game came in a narrow loss to L.D. Bell his senior year: his assignment was to shoot the gap every play, and he finished with 11 tackles, seven for losses including five sacks, and two passes broken up.
MacArthur was 3-7 his senior year, 4-6 his junior year and 6-4 his sophomore campaign under coach David Visentine. He also lettered once in basketball (played center as a junior), and threw the discus in track, finishing second in the district as a junior; his career best throw was 175-0.
ACADEMICS—He is interested in the legal world, and wants to major in pre-law at CU.
VITALS—He has 4.85 speed in the 40, bench presses 350 pounds and owns a 545 pound squat.
RECRUITING—He selected Colorado over Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Purdue coming out of high school. He held firm in his wanting to return to Colorado, and only Tennessee made a run at him early on but he was solid in coming to Boulder.
PERSONAL—Born Feb. 2, 1982 in Brownwood, Texas. An accomplished drag racer, he belongs to a racing club that participates annually in the "Texas Drag Wars." He also collects Deion Sanders memorabilia, ranging from cards and photos/posters to figurines, and got meet him as a gift on his 16th birthday. An "adopted older brother," Akin Ayodele, played defensive end at Purdue (he's one of the Boilermakers' all-time sack leaders), and in now with the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL; Ayodele, one of the best friends of Tilmon's older brother, lived with his family since the younger Tilmon was nine, and he views as a true brother.