"It was just closer to home basically," Tyrone Sonier said. "I really, really like the (Texas Tech) coaching staff. The (Kansas State) coach that was recruiting me, the defensive coordinator, left. They had a new coaching staff and Tech had been on me for a while."
Sonier plays in the competitive 5A division in his home state of Texas. The 6-2, 225-pound defensive end might also get a chance at Sam linebacker. Sonier was voted unanimous All-District, second team Greater Houston Area, and second team All-State.
"I had a real good season," he said. "I had about 130 tackles and 10 sacks. I had a really good season. I was expecting to have the same kind of season as last year, but I didn't know I would have this good of a season. A lot of hard work paid off."
Coach Dennis Brantley, head coach of the Marshall team says of Sonier, "He can run a 4.6-forty. He is a very good student, academically eligible, SAT wise and core wise. Tyrone is a very quiet kid, but when he plays on the football field he's going to be going 100 miles per hour, but he's very coachable. He's going to be at practice everyday and work hard."
Sonier talked of what he will do during the spring to maintain his athleticism.
"I will stay in shape," he said. "I was playing basketball, but I stopped because I didn't want to hurt myself before football camp. I am basically running track. Staying in shape. I don't compete in track. I'm just doing the workouts."