Can't Wait to Get to Norman

With the days as a high school student quickly coming to a close, Liberty Christian center Ben Habern is ready to get into college and be a student. After signing his letter of intent to attend Oklahoma, Habern is not waiting until the fall to be a collegiate student athlete. SoonersIllustrated talked with Ben's father to see what is going on with Ben.

It seems like the anticipation to get up to Norman is heating up as Liberty Christian center Ben Habern completes his last couple of days as a high school student. And while Ben is enjoying his senior trip in New York this weekend and the early part of the next, SoonersIllustrated caught up with his father, Richard, to see how things are going.

"Right now Ben is enjoying his senior trip in New York, but he will be home on Wednesday," Richard Habern said. "He'll take off Thursday, graduate on Friday, and be in Oklahoma for Sunday."

Richard said that Ben is excited to get to Norman and looks forward to getting started. He said that the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder would take a class and start working out on Monday.

The four-star, top ranked center is looking forward to contributing in any way possible. Richard has been keeping close communications with the coaching staff, but is not too sure if he will play as a true freshman.

Either way it could work out to Ben's advantage.

"After talking with coach (James) Patton and the rest of the coaching staff, they are really high on Ben," Richard said. "They already have a very good center and he is a senior, but Ben may be able to come in and be a backup. But if he red shirts, the coaches see him getting faster and stronger. Before it is all over, he could be 6-foot-4 and weighing about 295 pounds."

The Liberty Christian product had a successful high school career and was ranked No. 4 in the nation by Scout.com. The All-American center chose the Sooners over other Division I programs like Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Miami, Notre Dame, and Arizona

Now that he is part of the Oklahoma organization, Ben has already bonded with many of the other commits and, according to Richard, considers them to be friends already. To name a few R.J. Washington, James Hanna, and Justin Johnson are just a few of the guys he keeps in contact with.

But one in particular who he has really bonded with will line up in the trenches with him over the next couple of years.

"Ben and Stephen Good have become best of friends," Richard said. "They are actually going to room together when they get down there. That works out well because they really have to same work ethic in the weight room. Both of them are workout junkies."

As the date draws near, Richard tells of his and his son's overall feeling.

"Oh yeah, I am very pleased that he chose to go to Oklahoma," Richard said. "Ben just can't wait to get down there. I know that they (Sooner coaches) are going to get him bigger, faster, and stronger. He is going to get down there in unbelievable condition ready to get in the film room with the coaches to learn the system."


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