Catching Up with KSU Commitment

Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas is home to two KSU verbal commitments, defensive end Tyrone Sonnier and cornerback Kendrick Matthews. We caught up with Sonnier this week to see how solid his commitment is and how his season is going for his final prep season.

"Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, Mississippi State and Texas A&M," Tyrone Sonnier said were his other scholarship offers extended besides Kansas State.

Sonnier made an early decision to play college ball with Kansas State, and a lot of time has past since his announcement. We wanted to know if he plans to take other visits and if his verbal pledge is solid.

"I plan to visit KSU this fall. I don't plan on any other visits," he said.

He did not hesitate to say why he was sold on KSU, "The coaching staff and it was my best offer. I was recruited by defensive coordinator Coach Raheem Morris."

The Marshall Buffalos are off to a great start with a perfect record. Sonnier is a key component to their defense. He talks about their season.

"It's been going really good," he said. "We're 2-0 and 1-0 in District play. I had 16 tackles in my first game with 11 solo tackles. In the second game I had five or six tackles and a bunch of hurries. I was Player of the Week."

Sonnier is 6-2, 230-pounds and plays mainly the defensive end position, but said, "Depending on the scheme. They might stand me up."

Sonnier has seen several positions since he started the game of football at such a young age.

"I started when I was five years old," he said. "I played from little league through middle school and now high school. I started at wide receiver. I moved to defensive tackle and linebacker, then I played safety and linebacker. In high school I started as a wide receiver and linebacker, then as a junior I moved to defensive end and linebacker."

He's all defense, but the team recognizes a versatile player and lines him up as a tight end and fullback sometimes as well.

"Football has pretty much been my life," he said. "It has kept me out of trouble. I grew up around a football family. I love it. My two uncles play in the NFL--Michael and Brian Westbrook. My cousin played at Sam Houston State and his brother, my cousin, Curtis Henderson was an All-American for Baylor University."

Sonnier hasn't visited Kansas State as of yet, but hopes to make it sometime this fall.

Marshall (2-0) will travel to Klein (1-2) this week for their next opponent on the schedule.

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