Varmah Sonie Shines at Minnesota FB Camp

Varmah Sonie, a 5-foot-9, 156-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Apple Valley (MN) High, was one of the standouts of the Minnesota Gopher passing camp Saturday. Sonie is a three-sport standout and one of the state's top all-around athletes. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Sonie Saturday to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Varmah Sonie was named special-mention Associated Press All-State last season as he helped lead the Eagles to a 3-8 mark. Apple Valley started the season 0-7, but won their regular-season finale and beat Bloomington Kennedy and Rosemount in the section playoffs before losing to Eastview in the section title game.

Sonie had eight interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. Sonie is a two-year starter with 13 interceptions in his career. He is usually asked to shut down the leading receiver of the opposing team and finished as the second-leading tackler on the team. Sonie is also an elusive special teams players who returned a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown.

An opposing Lake Conference coach called Sonie the "most talented skill player in the Lake Conference, most dangerous offensive threat, outstanding coverage corner."

Sonie was named All Lake Conference in basketball as he helped lead the Eagles to a 11-17 mark, losing to top-seeded Burnsville 68-57 in the Section 3AAAA semifinals. Sonie was named co-MVP as he led the team in assists (201) and steals (67). He was named one of the three captains for the upcoming season.

Sonie was also a standout on the Apple Valley track and field team. He ran the 200, 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays and long jump. He runs a 4.45 40-yard dash and finished with a 23.72 200-yard dash and a 20-8 1/2 long jump in the Section 3 championship.

Sonie told GoldenSports.Net that he plans to travel to the Iowa camp, which starts on Monday. He missed the North Dakota State camp, but hopes to make it to Wisconsin and Michigan State. Sonie is also hearing from Division II schools Winona State and Minnesota State Moorhead.

Sonie attended the 7-on-7 passing camp in Akron in the spring and visited Michigan with good friend Bryce McNeal.

Sonie comes from an athletic family. Older brother Laminu was a preferred walk-on at Minnesota, where he redshirted as a freshman. He transferred to North Dakota State, where returned one punt for negative four yards in 2006. Varmah said that his older brother plans to transfer back to Minnesota and will likely try to walk-on to the Gophers this fall.

Sonie is a small player, but has excellent quickness and is very hard to tackle due to his elusiveness.


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