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Sometimes players fly under the recruiting radar for whatever reason every year. One of those players this year appears to be Merritt Island's Eddie Haupt.

The talented two-way lineman has emerged as one of the state's top prospects at his position. He's coming off an impressive spring too.

"I feel like I'm just more aggressive than most of the other O-Line kids out there," Haupt said. "I never lose my head either. I'm always focused and I always know what I need to do on the field."

Haupt has been taking care of business on the field for the past couple seasons. He began playing football in ninth grade and is now into it full-time. Just take a look at what a typical day in the life of Haupt is like.

"Today we had conditioning at eight o'clock," he said. "We ran for awhile and then we went into different stations. They had tires set up to jump in and out. Then we did agility drills, then we went in and lifted, came back outside and did sled drills and ran bleachers."

After a long morning workout, Haupt comes home to catch a break before he heads back out later tonight.

"At five I'm going to a speed camp that a guy I know runs," he said. "That's just on my own. I brought a friend from the team out there with me."

Haupt will soon need a break from all that work, as he begins taking trips for summer camps next weekend.

"I'm going to Miami's camp next weekend for three days," he said. "Then I'm going to Michigan on the 21st and then back here for Down & Dirty on the 28th through the 30th."

The talented lineman, who is a full qualifier (3.6/1320), will continue training with his teammates all summer as well.

"First of all, I want our team to do well," he said. "We have some key guys coming back and we're working hard. I would like to win a district championship this year."

Haupt, who plays both ways and even had eight tackles against Rockledge in his spring jamboree, also throws the shot and discus for Merritt Island's track team.

On the recruiting front, Haupt said he's got over a dozen written scholarship offers.

"If you count the ones that call and say they're offering and the offer is on the way then it's over 30," he said. "I have the most interest in Miami, Michigan, Stanford, South Florida, and Georgia right now."

Haupt is still waiting on offers from Miami and Michigan and that's the reason he plans on attending both camps later this month.

"The coach from Michigan told me they're ready to offer but they just want to see me at their camp," he said. "Coach Kehoe from Miami said the same thing."

Haupt said the Hurricanes do stand out as his early favorite right now.

"I'm most interested in Miami because I've been there the most," he said. "I've been to practices, their spring game, stuff like that. I've seen Coach Kehoe at camps before, I like the way he is. He called me on Monday and said that he wanted me to remember who the last call of the spring was from. He said it's time for me to come show the entire coaching staff what I'm capable of (at camp)."

Haupt said he's already reviewed the UM depth chart but doesn't see any potential problems with it.

"They have a ton of linemen now but that doesn't matter to me," he said. "Everyone has linemen and everyone needs linemen. The year after next, Miami's losing a bunch of guys. I think I'd be in good shape. But it really doesn't matter to me. It's not like I have to play as a freshman or anything. I understand that it takes time and the best guys will play. I'm all about going in there and earning a spot. That's what it's all about."

Some of Haupt's written offers include Tennessee, Alabama, Michigan State, Maryland, and N.C. State.

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