Ben Malena: Texas Out in Front

Texas has made a living over the years recruiting prospects that want nothing more than to become Longhorns on the next level. With that said, Mack Brown and company should look no further than Cedar Hill High School. Offensive guard Adam Shead has the Longhorns atop his wish list, but he isn't the only one.

His high school teammate, Ben Malena, is also very high on Texas. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Malena has already attended camp in Austin, where he got to take part in drills and tour the facilities.

When asked about the facilities at UT, Malena said, "I think they are the best in the country."

While in Austin, Malena was also able to talk with several members of the Texas staff, including the man who coaches his position.

"I got to talk to Coach (Major) Applewhite, the running backs coach," Malena said. "I have already built up a relationship with him quite well. We talked about my intentions for my junior season and things to make me a better."

Malena was satisfied with his performance during drills and talked with IT about his strengths as a running back.

"My vision and my ability to go from zero to 100 in a couple of steps," Malena said.

Other than camping in Austin, Malena also attended Baylor's camp, which was held at Cedar Hill High School. He is already receiving interest from other programs, but Texas is where he wants to be.

"Basically, Texas right now," Malena said when asked about schools he knew he would be interested in when recruiting picks up. "They have coaches that won't let you settle. They push you to the limit. The facilities are awesome and the atmosphere in Austin is great."

Malena was injured for much of last season, so how performs during his junior year will go far in determining whether or not he gets an offer from Texas. When Inside Texas dropped by Cedar Hill High School earlier this year, head coach Joey McGuire said Malena's health will play a big factor in the level of schools that will offer him.

"Ben's got to stay healthy, put some numbers up," said McGuire. "He was banged up (last season)."

However, McGuire said Malena has all the tools necessary to be a great running back and that he's the kind of talent that can "produce a 2,000-yard season".

"He's a physical kid, but he's a speed kid, too. He's a legit 4.4," said McGuire.

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