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.