First Look at Ben Habern

Texas high school football is always full of talented offensive line prospects. Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas, is home to one of the most athletic centers in the nation inside the class of 2008. Ben Habern has already received four scholarship offers from elite Big 12 programs. He and Richard Habern, his dad, talked about his success on the football field and his recruitment.

"I have four scholarship offers right now. I have offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State," Ben Habern said.

The Texas Longhorns have also been all over this kid. Habern and his dad both talked about the chances of a Longhorn offer in the future.

"Me and my Dad have talked to Texas a lot," Ben Habern said. "Their policy is to not give scholarship offers to juniors, but I feel pretty strongly about them offering."

"Texas is chasing him pretty hard," Richard Habern said. "Mac McWhorter and Bobby Kennedy really like him."

Habern attended the Longhorns' summer camp and has been in contact with the coaching staff over the past few weeks.

"The whole camp was good," Habern said. "I know that Trey Allan was there and Matt Nader. It was hard for the offensive line coach (McWhorter) to pay any attention to me. He was paying a lot of attention to the guys that had already committed and was coaching them up. I went up to Texas a few weeks ago and talked to the coaches. I really like their offensive line coach. They came down to one of our practices and talked to me also."

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound Habern also attended camps at Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech. He received a ton of accolades for his performance as a sophomore. He was awarded with first team all-district and second team all-state honors. He was also selected to the preseason all-area team at the beginning of his junior season.

Habern is getting mail from schools all across the nation. Several other schools other than the four that have offered are also showing him interest.

"Florida State, Iowa and Arkansas have been paying me a lot of attention," Habern said. "They all want me to come to a game, but it is hard to find time to go to see all of them."

"Right now, I am probably interested in Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. I have always wanted to play in the Big 12. I want to play close to home so my family can come and watch me play," Habern said.

Many schools are recruiting Habern to play center, but others think he would fit in better at defensive end. He addressed what position he would like to play on the next level.

"Right now, I am playing offensive guard and defensive tackle. Most colleges that I have talked to say center or defensive end. One school even said tight end, but I don't want to play tight end in college," Habern said.

Richard Habern talked about what makes his son such a great prospect.

"They (college recruiters) say that he has unbelievable technique and has the best feet they have ever seen. He is an offensive lineman with a defensive technique. He consistently runs in the 4.8 range. He is also a tremendous basketball player. He is probably a better basketball player than a football player. He is tremendously athletic."

Habern has helped lead Liberty Christian to a 10-1 record and is very optimistic about their chances in the playoffs.

"We played our first playoff game this past Friday and won 33-0. Our record is now 10-1. Our only loss came against Celina High School the second week of the season. If we keep playing to our potential, we should be able to go deep in the playoffs," Habern said.

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