Marc Sonnen Gets Minnesota Gopher Interest

Marc Sonnen, a 6-foot-3 junior guard from Oakdale (MN) Tartan, scored 19 points to lead the Titans to a 80-59 win over Duluth (MN) East. The game attracted the interest of Minnesota assistant coach Vince Taylor. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Sonnen to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Marc Sonnen averaged 11.0 points per game as a sophomore, leading the Titans to a 21-7 mark. They lost in the section finals 47-46 to Woodbury.

Sonnen also played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for Tartan this year, leading the team to a 7-4 mark, losing to eventual state runner-up Cretin Derham Hall 53-32 in the section finals. Sonnen moved from wide receiver to quarterback when started Sam Ryan suffered a season-ending injury. He finished the season with 11 carries for 40 yards and four rushing touchdowns. Sonnen caught 10 passes for 199 yards with one receiving score and he completed 22 of 52 passes for 431 yards and five passing touchdowns.

Sonnen said that he was proud of his team this season on the gridiron.

"It went good, actaully. We came out a little slow in the season and our quarterback got hurt against St. Thomas and I got put in at quarterback and we won four games in a row and lost to Cretin in the section championship. They were a really good team," he said.

Sonnen is averaging 18 points per game this season as the Titans are off to 2-0 start. He scored 17 points in their 59-37 season opening win over North Branch.

Head coach Mark Klingsporn said that Sonnen has a chance to be one of the top four players he has coached at Tartan. This is a pretty big compliment considering Klingsporn has coached Jake Sullivan, a four year-starter at Iowa State, who scored more than 3,000 points in his high school career and led Tartan to a 2000 title, Erik Crawford, who played at Bowling Green and Northern Iowa and was named first team all-state his junior and senior years and Minnesota Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001, Eric Coleman, who is at Northern Iowa, Urule Igbavboa, who is at Valparaiso, and Lamont Mack, who is at Charlotte.

Sonnen has received offers from Wisconsin-Green Bay and Northern Iowa and has received interest from Iowa State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota (all schools that he has visted).

Sonnen said that playing football with several of his basketball teammates helps the team's chemsitry.

"We are a lot tougher. If you play football, I think that it helps you with basketball," Sonnen said. "If you get banged up in basketball, it is nothing compared to football."

Sonnen said that he has high expectations for this year's team.

"I think that we will surprise a lot of people because we don't have big stars like Cooper and all them that have like the big Rodney (Williams) or Royce (White). Our team plays together and we all know our roles. We have role players and that is what is going to help us out this season."

Sonnen did not play much AAU basketball and said that he has not really thought much about what AAU program that he might play for this spring and summer.

"Not really at all. I was just focused on football and now I am focuing on basketball. I'll probably think about that when the season comes to an end."

Sonnen said that the two schools that have offered him a scholarship are high on his list of possible destinations.

"UNI is kind of my favorite and Green Bay. I've been to both of those and I liked them a lot," he said.

Sonnen admitted that the fact that three former Tartan standouts have played for Northern Iowa and two are on their current roster appeals to him.

"That is what is kind of nice about that. Like Kwadzo Ahelegbe. I played with him my freshman year and he going to there as a (redshirt) junior, if I went there as a freshman. That would be kind of nice and the coaches are really nice and they got a good group of kids that are playing. I think that it would be nice to play down there."

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