Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2019 LA DE Sonnier Talks Notre Dame Interest

June 24, 2017

2019 Northside (La.) defensive end Billy Sonnier is a hot name on the recruiting trail, and Notre Dame wants him on campus. The 6-foot-7, 235-pounder reported an offer from the Irish on Friday and an invitation to camp.

“I never check my email, and I checked it on Friday,” Sonnier told Irish Sports Daily. “They were interested in me and wanted me to come to camp.  My brother wrote them back, so we will go from there.”

The three-star prospect is coming back from an injury during hoops season but will likely get to see programs after his surgery.  

“I hurt my ankle in basketball season,” explained Sonnier. “I have to get that fixed, but I should be ready for the season. After my surgery, I will be going out on a few visits.”

The Lafayette native admits he doesn’t know much about Notre Dame but knows South Bend is a place he wants to visit.  

“I don’t know much about Notre Dame, but I am looking forward to learning more about them,” Sonnier said. “I have wanted to visit the school to see how it is up there.”

Sonnier holds close to 20 offers from the top schools in the country. He also is shocked by the early attention but has gotten some advice from a former teammate who was a five-star prospect.

“Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Penn State, Texas A&M, and a couple more schools are coming after me hard,” stated Sonnier. “The Penn State offer was a big one for me.

“It’s great they are recruiting a kid from Louisiana. Tyler Shelvin is from my school and was a big recruit. He had a lot of offers and told me to be patient.”

It’s not a surprise to hear LSU is Sonnier’s dream school and with an offer in hand, the Tigers are going to be tough to beat. Sonnier does want to make sure he takes visits and learns about different programs to make sure he isn’t missing anything.  

“Tyler said he would like me to go to LSU,” Sonnier explained. “It’s a dream school for me, but I want to make sure I visit other places, and I am open to other schools.”

Almost every program is recruiting Sonnier as a defensive end, but one program projects him at a different position.

“I am good at getting around the offensive line and using my hands,” said Sonnier. “I am working on getting quicker too.

“I also play tight end, and Ole Miss actually likes me at tight end, but most schools see me rushing the quarterback.”  

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