OL Not Sure About UM's Plans

Merritt Island offensive lineman Eddie Haupt had a lot going for him after the end of his junior season. He was getting mail on a regular basis from many of the nation's top college programs. He put together a string of excellent performances at spring camps, which was followed by a strong spring. By the end of May, Haupt had emerged as one of the state's elite offensive line prospects.

One of the schools recruiting him the hardest at that point was Miami. Greg Mark stopped by the school in May. Haupt received a call from UM coaches during the spring and was invited to camp in June.

"I went because I thought if I had a strong camp, they might offer me," Haupt said. "It was different though. It was mostly footwork and things like that. I did good on those but because we didn't have pads on, I didn't do as good in the one-on-one pass drills as I would have liked."

Haupt, who is now 6-4 and 298 pounds, later attended Florida's camp.

"The biggest difference is we wore pads at that camp," he said. "I was beating up kids the whole time and after the camp I received a scholarship offer from them."

The talented lineman, who would like to stay close to home for college, said he hasn't heard much from UM ever since that camp.

"I really haven't heard much from Miami at all since the camp," he said.

Haupt said he got an update over the summer from his coach in regards to his status with the UM coaches.

"He saw Coach Kehoe at some coaching clinic or something and he said I was too small to get offered right now," he said. "He said they'll keep recruiting me because I could get offered later in the year."

Haupt said the upcoming contact period, which begins next Wednesday, will tell a lot.

"If they don't recruit me in September, I guess I'll just move on," he said. "I have a visit scheduled for Florida for Labor Day weekend. That's my only visit right now. I'll probably end up taking one to either Duke or Vanderbilt too."

Haupt said he'll also likely take a trip to South Florida at some point in the recruiting process. However, it appears the Gators are the team to beat right now.

"They're really the only coaching staff I've really kept in touch with," he said. "I guess I've kinda been slacking some."

Haupt, who scored a 1320 on the first SAT try, will again be playing both ways this season. He's excited for the season to get started.

"We play Seminole this weekend in the Classic and then Eau Gallie in the opener," he said. "I'm ready. I think I'm in great shape and I'm ready for the season to get going."

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