Coach Spotlight: Aaron Benson

The Cedar Hill Longhorns are one of the top teams in the state and the nation with a roster full of Division 1 talent. One of the leaders on this heralded team is Texas commitment, Aaron Benson. The senior outside linebacker has stood out from an early age. "Aaron's the only kid we've had here to start on varsity as a freshman," said Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire.

Aaron Benson finished a terrific junior season with 132 tackles to lead the team, eight sacks, and three interceptions earning 1st team All-Metroplex honors in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

"He's one of the fastest kids we've had," said McGuire. "We've had some big hitters. Aaron's a big hitter too, but he closes in so fast in getting to the football. That's really what sets his game apart from the rest.

"He started his first game in 2006 against Colleyville Heritage, and we knew he was something special."

The senior four-year starter has helped guide the defense with an 11 tackle per game average and two forced fumbles.

"He's having a good year," McGuire said. "With so much experience he reads plays well. He's a team captain and a leader on this team."

Benson is 6-2, 205 with 4.5 speed.

"Aaron's a great all-around athlete," coach explained. "He's done well on our track team competing in the high jump and sprint relay."

Aaron comes from an athletic family. His cousin Cedric Benson, who played at Robert E. Lee High School in Midland, Texas, went on to become the No. 2 all-time leading rusher for the University of Texas and now plays professionally with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Aaron Benson was recruited by Bruce Chambers and often visited by Will Muschamp at Texas. He was offered February 8th and accepted verbally the following day.

"Being a Texas kid, it's a great opportunity to go to the University of Texas," said Coach McGuire. "You look at Mack Brown and what he's done there averaging 10-plus wins a season and consistently one of the top four-five teams in the nation. It's really not a difficult decision to make.

"He'll only be about two and a half hours away so his parents can come watch him play on Saturdays. The biggest thing I believe was the coaching staff helped to make Aaron feel comfortable in Austin, and he said he felt at home there during his visit."

Benson was highly recruited by Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Missouri and a host of others before giving his commitment to the Longhorns.

Off the field, Coach McGuire thinks Benson is also headed for a bright future.

"Last year he was on the leadership committee," McGuire said. "In the classroom he's been doing a great job. One of the things I'm most proud about with Aaron is how he's matured as a student."

McGuire won't just miss Benson's big presence on the field next year, but on their high school campus as well.

"Aaron's just a great kid who's a lot of fun to be around with a good personality," he explained.

Benson was chosen to participate in the 2010 Under Armor All-American Game in Orlando, Fla.. Down the road you could see Benson tackling current teammates as Cedar Hill running back Ben Malena has committed to Texas A&M, offensive lineman Adam Shead has committed to Oklahoma, and kicker Eduardo Camara has committed to play at Arkansas. Josh Allen, at offensive line, chose to take his game north committing to the University of Minnesota.

Other players from this team will play at the Division 1 level as well. Dynamic safety, Elisha Olabode has numerous offers including Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, among others. Defensive tackle Larry Moore Jr. has an offer from Tulsa, and defensive tackle Brice Musgrove is collecting offers from the service academies.

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