Benson says "Yes" to Texas

The Texas Longhorns are on a recruiting roll crushing anyone in their path. Just two hours after news broke of Waco Midway safety Ahmad Dixon committing to Texas, the Longhorns struck gold again this time in the form of Cedar Hill outside linebacker Aaron Benson. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Aaron Benson minutes after his decision to commit.

The Texas Longhorns headed into their first junior day with three main needs in the 2010 recruiting class. One of those needs was the linebacker position and on Monday Texas took a huge step towards filling that need with the commitment of Cedar Hill's Aaron Benson.

Benson, the cousin of former Texas running back Cedric Benson, took only one night's sleep upon returning from Austin on Sunday to decide it was time to be a Texas Longhorn.

"I thought it over last night," Benson said. "I woke up and just went ahead and decided to commit. I called Coach Chambers, and then I talked to Coach Mack Brown and the defensive coordinator, Coach Muschamp. They were all excited," Benson added.

Benson, 6-0.5, 207-pounds with legit 4.6 speed, said the feeling of home sealed the deal for Texas.

"I just like the way they treated me down there. They treated me nice and I liked that. You go there and they treat you like family. They are a lot like the Cedar Hill coaching staff. It felt like home," Benson said.

Benson is one of the rare 5A players to start on varsity as a freshman. In his first two years on the Longhorns of Cedar Hill, the fast, hard hitting linebacker played in the middle. After a spring move to the outside, the #13 prospect in the Burnt Orange Beat 2010 top 125 moved, took off and doubled his level of production in 2008.

As a junior, Benson tallied 132 tackles; eight sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery returned 18 yards for a touchdown. In talking with the Texas coach staff, Benson will remain on the outside at the next level.

"They told me I'm going to play on the outside." Benson said.

Benson is the third prospect in as many years to commit/sign with Texas joining defensive tackle Jarvis Humphrey and offensive lineman Thomas Ashcraft.

Benson picked Texas over offers from Oklahoma, Miami (Fl), LSU, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, TCU, Baylor, and Texas A&M among others.

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