May 13, 2010

Soph. DT holds UA offer

Finding a 6-foot-4, 307-pound defensive tackle at the high school level is rare and finding one as a sophomore is even more rare. Washington D.C. star Eddie Goldman has caught the attention of college coaches from around the country with his combination of size and athleticism that led him to compile 42 tackles and three sacks last season as a defensive tackle for Friendship Collegiate Academy.

"The thing I hear from most coaches that they like about me is my size," said Goldman. "I play both ways in high school but I feel like I'm really meant to play on defense because as big as I am, I feel like I'm athletic enough to really make a difference on the defensive line."

With 19 scholarship offers before the end of his sophomore year of high school, Goldman is poised to become one of the most heavily recruited prospects of the Class of 2012 but has chosen to take things slowly for now.

"My school set up some college tours for us to Maryland and Georgetown but they weren't sports related, just general school tours. Other than that, I really haven't had much of a chance to see any of the schools I'm involved with yet. It's so early right now, I am really just focused on gathering information about everybody. It would be wrong for me to put anybody ahead of anybody else at this point. I am wide open and probably will be for while."

Most of Goldman's offers thus far have come from the ACC and Big East conference schools but he also holds offers from SEC powers Alabama, Florida, LSU, Auburn and South Carolina. So far the Crimson Tide have made a strong impression on the young pass rusher.

"From what I've heard, Alabama is a great team and a really solid program all around. My coaches were really talking up their academics too. The only thing about Alabama is that they run a 3-4 defense, which I'm not used to. I'm not sure I'm really a fit for a nose guard but I'm not opposed to playing in a different style of defense if there's a way to fit me in."

Goldman plans to stay busy this summer with camps and unofficial visits as he continues to learn more about the numerous options available to him.

"I know I'm going to the Miami camp but that's the only one I have definitely planned right now. I will probably set up some others soon."

Goldman boasts a 19-inch vertical and 3.0 GPA.

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