Impact Analysis: Ben Habern

It was big year for offensive line recruiting and Ben Habern was a huge pick-up for the Sooners. Habern was one of the top offensive line prospects at the U.S. Army Bowl and showed why he was rated as one of the top prospects in the country.

Ben Habern, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman from Liberty Christian High in Texas picked up offers from schools like Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Miami, Notre Dame, and Arizona before ultimately settling on the Sooners as the school of choice.

While the Irish and Hurricane made an impression on Habern when they extended official offers, the life long OU fan did not cast his eyes away from his future home in Norman.

Breakdown:

Habern is a tenacious player, but he is also smart. He stays low and moves well through the next level. His play on the field in high school helped him to earn All-American honors as well as a place among the nation's best on the Scout.com Top 300.

Habern played guard in high school, but adapted well to center in the All-American game, where he was blocking some of the most talented players in the country.

Habern is a drive-blocking specialist and when watching his senior film it is easy to see that the work he puts in all winter conditioning himself pays huge dividends out on the field. He just has his way with any man the opposition throws out in front of him.


Habern the next Hardwick (Getty Images)?

Pro Comparison: Nick Hardwick, San Diego Chargers

Hardwick is a pro-bowl center who drives down the field giving one of the most electrifying backs in the world, Ladanian Tomlinson, the holes that he needs to make some exciting things happen. Habern could be doing a lot of the same during his time at OU.

Habern on his Future:

"I have talked to my offensive line coach and coach Stoops and they really feel like center is the spot for me. They really feel like I really have the body for it. They just think over time the next couple of year I will put some weight on me and get quicker and stronger. I just need to really keep working at that position."

Habern is looking forward to coming in right away and competing with the best of the best for some early playing time.

"To work as hard as I can. To prove to the coaches that I can play and to give my best," Habern informed SI when asked what he hopes to accomplish.

Ben Habern Senior Highlight Film:


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