Bears Get Their Big Man Up the Middle

Bears Get Their Big Man Up the Middle

One of the bigger needs on the California wish list was filled with the commitment of one of the top defensive linemen in the Pacific Northwest.

Trevor Guyton, the #4 rated prospect in Washington as well as the top defensive tackle in the state committed to Cal this week a month after receiving an offer from the Bears.

"I feel real relieved," said Guyton. "It takes a lot of stress off my back. I'm real happy."

"My friends and teammates are all really excited, too. One of my coaches went to UW and my offensive line coach is an SC fan so I'm sure they'll be giving me a bad time but I'm sure they'll become Cal fans, too.

"Everybody's all been real supportive of my decision; my friends, my family, my teammates –everyone."

With the Bears passing on taking a defensive tackle in last years class, a defensive stopper was high on the Bears shopping list. Guyton certainly fills that need for the 2007 Pac 10 champs.

The 6-3/271 Guyton earned All-County honors with his Redmond squad in 2006, compiling 80 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 recovered.

With a bench of 360 pounds as well a squat of 510, Guyton brings impressive strength and an aggressive style of play in clogging up the middle.

Guyton also excelled on the offensive side of the ball, earning All-County as an offensive tackle as well.

As a player from the Pacific Northwest, most would assume that players would grow up favoring the local teams. Not so with Guyton. The Bears have long held a special sway with the big lineman.

"I've always liked Cal ever since I moved out here from Philadelphia in 7th grade," said Guyton. They've always been my favorite Pac 10 team.

"I love the campus, too. And I like the fact that the campus is in the middle of a big city with a lot going on. And San Francisco's right there, too if I want to go out.

"The school's great academically, too and I really respect that."

Guyton earned his offer from Cal after an impressive showing at Cal camp last month where defensive line Coach Ken Delgado had a chance to see what Guyton could do up close.

The good impression was mutual as Cal quickly became Guyton's leader.

"My trip to Cal was real nice," said Guyton. "I have an uncle in San Jose and he took me down there.

"I had a meeting with Coach Tedford and Coach Michalczik and I had a tour of the stadium and campus first. And then I had a chance to do a one on one workout with Coach Delgado at camp. I like him a lot. He worked me hard and didn't cut me any slack. I like that.

"After camp, I had another meeting with Coach Tedford and that's when they offered me.

"They weren't babying me or trying to butter me up or anything. They just let me know they really liked me and wanted me to help them win.

"I like the fact that Cal's not there to wow you with facilities and everything. I mean, they've got great plans for their new facilities, but all you really need is a football and field and a good program."

Guyton also had a chance to connect with some of the Cal players from out-of-state to get a feel for what it's like to come in and play at Cal.

"I got a chance to talk to Kevin Riley, another player from the Northwest about the surroundings and what it's like to be down here. I talked to Chris Guarnero, too. Everything I heard and saw on the trip stacked up with what I'm looking for in a college."

The 4 star Guyton was a part of a rebuilding program with his Redmond squad in the past few seasons.

"We did a lot better than in previous years. It was our coach's third year and after having a couple tough years, we turned things around last year and went 6-3. That was real cool.

"My running back, Logwone Mitz, will be playing at WSU. We both got our offers there at the same time. They're bringing him in to play next year and he won't be redshirting so that will be big for him."

The athletic lineman also excels on the hardcourt –somewhat unusual for a defensive tackle. Guyton took last year off but plans to return to the courts this season to play center for the Mustangs.

The Cal staff has traditionally valued linemen that excel in other sports and Guyton's versatility did not escape the Cal staff's notice.

"They told me they see me as a real athletic tackle with good technique," said Guyton. "They're only probably taking two defensive tackles this year after not taking any last year so that should be good."

The Bears beat out much of the Pac 10 in the battle for Guyton's commitment with Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State as well as Nebraska vying for the big run stopper.


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