JUNIOR COLLEGE: Spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons as Copiah-Lincoln CC... Played in 10 games as a sophomore in 2010, collecting 37 tackles, including three sacks, en route to Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) honorable mention honors... Saw action in seven games as a freshman in 2009 when he tallied 26 tackles, including one sack... Orginally signed with Southern Miss out of high school, and chose K-State over offers from Auburn, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi and Mississippi State.
HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Franklin HS under head coach Grady McCluskey... Recorded 85 tackles, 10 sacks and two fumble recoveries en route to being named the Region 7-3A Defensive Player of the Year in 2007... Helped team win the state championship in 2006 and reached the final in 2007... Named to the Daily Leader all-area team and the Natchez Democrat all-metro team... A first team 3A all-state honoree by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and an all-state pick by the Clarion-Ledger... A Clarion-Ledger Dandy Dozen selection.
PERSONAL: Ardenus L Tillman was born March 2, 1989, in Brookhaven, Miss... Son of Homer Wells and Carolyn McGhee... Has four siblings.