Aaron Benson Is Having Incredible Year

Aaron Benson will likely be one of the first Texas offers at the Junior Days in February. The junior linebacker from Cedar Hill is having an incredible year for the surging Longhorns that are currently 8-1 and 5-0 in district play. Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire was kind enough to spend some time with Burnt Orange Beat to discuss Benson and several of his other underclassmen prospects.

Junior linebacker Aaron Benson is on track to be one of the highest rated players in Texas in the 2010 class. Through nine games, the 6-1, 207-pound tackling machine has more than 90 tackles, five sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery for a touchdown. Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire was not short on accolades for Benson when he spoke to Burnt Orange Beat.

"Aaron is an impact player on our defense. He is having an incredible year, and he gets better every week. There should not be a team in the country that doesn't offer him," said McGuire.

Benson has been a mainstay on the Longhorns team since his freshman year when he stared five games for the 5A state champions. College programs took notice of Benson during that initial time on varsity as a future prospect, but his improved play as a junior has resulted in scholarship offers.

"LSU and Iowa have offered him," said McGuire. "Texas does it a little different, but he will get a Texas offer."

Benson moved to outside linebacker this season and has adapted well says Coach McGuire.

"He is very good in coverage, and he covers so much ground. I can see him excelling in a Sergio Kindle role in college," said McGuire.

In addition to Benson, Cedar Hill has two other junior prospects that should be on the radar, offensive guard Adam Shead and running back Ben Malena. Shead plays guard next to current Longhorn offensive tackle commit Thomas Ashcraft. They pave the way for a tremendous Cedar Hill rushing attack that is headed up by Malena.

McGuire said, "The Bear [Shead] is getting bigger than Ashcraft. He has played well all year, but his last two games have been his best." McGuire estimated that Shead is 6-5, 305. Colorado was the first team to offer Shead.

Ben Malena has bulked up considerably since the spring. "He has added fifteen pounds of good weight. He is 5-9, 190 today, " McGuire commented. "He has tremendous vision, powerful legs, and is a short strider."

Malena injured a hamstring in the spring game and was limited all summer due to the injury. He spent that time packing on the pounds in the weight room and healing up. Through nine games, Malena has 1,358 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns while averaging 7.5 yards per rushing attempt. Malena has also caught twelve balls for 141 yards.

Iowa has already offered Malena.

Cedar Hill also boasts a talented sophomore signal caller, Driphus Jackson, who will be recruited as an athlete in 2011. McGuire says Jackson learns very quickly and as a result is playing very well as a first year starter. The 5-11, 180 Jackson throws the inside routes very well and has all of the intangibles you like to see from a quarterback according to McGuire.

Cedar Hill wraps up its regular season this Friday at 1-8 Irving Nimitz.

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