Habern Gearing up for Fall

Oklahoma landed a talented two-way talent in Ben Habern back in April and while most recruits will be doing the normal workout routine over the next several months, Habern has flown to Georgia where he will spend roughly two months working on becoming a stronger, faster and more complete athlete.

When Ben Habern ran a 4.94 40-yard dash at 260 pounds for the Oklahoma coaching staff months ago he knew that one of his goals before he stepped foot on campus would be getting his weight up and his time down. Roughly ten days ago Habern arrived in Atlanta where he will spend the next eight weeks of his life working with a personal trainer to accomplish the goals he has set for himself.

"I am down in Atlanta at Competitive Edge Sports working out with Chip Smith every day who has trained many NFL players," Habern explained. "Right now I am the only high school player down here along with about ten collegiate athletes, but Justin Johnson trained here last year which is how I found out about it, so I believe he will be joining me when he gets out of school. When he trained down here last summer he said he saw incredible results with his increase muscle mass and lower 40 time, so I thought it would be a good idea to come down here."

Habern has already been in training with Smith for a week at this point and spoke to the Oklahoma coaching staff before leaving for Georgia to tell them what he would be doing over the next two months. While the results that he wants will certainly take some time to see, he is experiencing some immediate results in other areas. "I've only been here a week and there are muscles that I didn't even know I had that are already really sore," Habern laughed. "I have seven more weeks to go and what we do is workout Monday through Friday and then take weekends to recuperate. I get up at 8:30 am, go eat a high protein breakfast and then we workout from 10-2 pm. We do a lot of agility work and resistance training and then do some pure weight training as well."

The Argyle, Texas native was being recruited as a defensive end and tackle by many teams, however Coach James Patton thinks that Habern has the perfect size and body type to play offensive center, so Habern will be working hard with that projection in mind as he continues forward.

"Right now the goal is to add another 20 to 25 pounds so I am in the 290-pound area and also get my 40-yard dash time down in the 4.7 to 4.75 area. We're also focusing on my lateral movement and lower body strength so I can be more explosive off the snap. I just love that right now there are no distractions for me like I have at home. I can just come here, workout and get my body where I want it to be."

"Coach (James) Patton and I spoke before I came here and he told me to just keep him updated on how I was doing," Habern said. "I have a pretty good relationship with the coaching staff in general and have been on campus many times. I really just love the coaches because they're good guys that want to play winning football, just like me."

As a junior at Liberty Christian High School Habern was a first team All-District and All-State selection and was recently given a four-star grade by Scout.com.

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