Malena Names Leader

Cedar Hill running back Ben Malena has heard from many schools early in this recruiting process, but one has stood out from the pack. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the recruit and discovers who his lead team is.

It's no surprise that a running back who gained 2200 yards and scored 38 touchdowns as a junior in a tough 5A district in Texas is getting plenty of scholarship offers. Ben Malena, the 5-foot-10, 198-pound bowling ball with 4.4 forty speed is receiving attention from all over the country.

"I have offers from Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, Texas A&M, Tulsa, TCU, and others," Malena said. "I've been getting a lot of letters from Oklahoma State and I'm going to their junior day this weekend."

While the Cedar Hill product is hearing from many schools outside the state of Texas, he currently favors a school in the lone star state that is a member of the Big 12 Conference.

"A&M is my top school right now," Malena said. "I fit into their pro style offense pretty good and it's only 2.5 hours from home. My family can come watch me play. Also, they have a strong alumni base which is good when my football is over."

Despite the strong feelings for Texas A&M, Malena insisted that he does not have a strict timetable for a decision and that he'll take his time if he's not sure of his choice.

"It all depends on how I feel at the time, but ideally I'd like to make a commitment before my senior season," Malena said. "It's a big decision and you make it only when the time is right."

For now, Malena and his father are preparing for a trip to Stillwater to see Oklahoma State. He indicated that going to Oklahoma for college is a realistic possibility.

"I don't know much about Oklahoma State, that's why I want to go," Malena said. "But I did go to Tulsa and I had a great time there. Oklahoma feels a lot like home. If it's the right school for me, I could go there."

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