At 6'1 275 pounds Varnado is a big strong interior lineman as he's a product of the weight training program at Stephenville High, where he bench presses 345 pounds and squats 450 pounds. A four year starter for the tradition rich Yellow Jackets as a junior T.R. posted 58 tackles and 7 ½ sacks earning first team all-district honors in District 8-4A along with second team all-area honors and honorable mention all-state honors in leading Stephenville to a 10-4 mark before falling in the Class 4A State Quarter-Finals. As a sophomore Varnado was named first team all 8-4A and as a freshman in 2006 he burst on the scene helping SHS to a 10-2 mark earning District 8-4A newcomer of the year honors.
Varnado mentions his quick feet and ability to use his hands as two of his biggest strengths, "I think I move around inside pretty good for a big guy and the way I use my hands really helps me. This off-season I think I can improve myself by improving my speed and getting even stronger," said the Stephenville DT.
As things stand right now T.R. doesn't have a clear leader but the early favorites are LSU, Nebraska, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Clemson and Texas Tech. Varnado is originally from Louisiana but he says his home state roots won't play a factor in his decision. "Education is important for me, I want to go to a good school preferably in a smaller college town," said Varnado who will attend Texas A&M's Junior Day on January 17.
Last summer T.R. made a good initial first impression at the Scout.com Combine in addition to camping at LSU, Baylor and Texas A&M. Varnado started his off-season combine slate with a trip down to San Antonio for the Army All-American Combine and he'll once again be at the Scout.com Combine as well.
After an uncharacteristic slow start for Stephenville (SHS started 0-2) they rebounded good season. Despite losing all eleven offensive starters Varnado is confident the young guys can step up, "We've got some good young players like RB's James Myles and Aiavion Edwards who can play and with eight starters back on defense I think we've still got a chance to be pretty good."