Class Rewind: Mack Brown's 2001 class 

January, 18, 2012
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Counting down to national signing day on Feb. 1, HornsNation will look back at each of Mack Brown’s Texas recruiting classes.

Texas had to have a running back in 2001.

Hodges Mitchell was done and Mack Brown had missed on Victor Ike, Kenny Hayter, Sneezy Beltran and others. The Longhorns were desperate.

Ivan Williams had looked decent as a backup in 2000 after redshirting in 1999, but Brown needed something more than a serviceable back. He needed a star.

Cedric Benson
Cedric Benson had four straight 1,000-yard seasons during his career at Texas.
Midland-Lee High School in Odessa had one -- Cedric Benson. The Parade All-American was the three-time 5A Offensive player of the year in Texas. He was a can’t-miss prospect that Texas couldn’t afford to miss out on. Benson, who spent his youth watching tapes of Ricky Williams during his record –setting years at Texas, committed to Texas without even ever touring the campus. His commitment was the lynchpin in a class that featured linebacker Derrick Johnson, offensive lineman Jonathan Scott, defensive backs Cedric Griffin and Michael Huff. With those four featured heavily in the scheme, Texas would win the 2004 Rose Bowl. Scott led the line the next season as Texas won the national title.

Most underrated: Will Allen
Maybe it was because he added 25 pounds between his junior and senior years in high school that nobody noticed Will Allen until late in the recruiting process. But Texas noticed the offensive lineman. They looked at his lineage -- his father Bill, played at Indian -- and his frame -- 6-foot-6 -- and knew they might have something.

After his redshirt freshman season, Allen took over the right guard position. He started 31 games over the next three seasons, ending with 13 straight starts and a national title in 2005.

Biggest Get: Cedric Benson
Benson had 15 touchdowns in three straight 5A state title wins at Midland Lee.

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