January 4, 2012

Goldman excels at UA, talks recruiting

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | Five-star Eddie Goldman may be the biggest, both figuratively and literally, of the remaining targets that the University of Alabama is interested in, and the 307-pound defensive tackle has put his skills on full display this week at the Under Armour All-America Game.

After a minor setback on the first day, Goldman has been one of the more impressive players at practice this week in Orlando.

"The week's going great," Goldman said. "There's a lot of competition. On the first day, my helmet was too small, and when I had a collision, I thought I had a concussion. I'm OK now. I'm just looking forward to the game."

Goldman put recruiting aside during his holiday break to focus on preparing for the all-star game, but the topic of conversation has once again become a hot issue for the Rivals100 star.

Before his break, Goldman had already taken four of his official visits to Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Miami. For his last visit in January, he is deciding between Cal, Clemson and Maryland.

The Washington, D.C., native said that UA assistant coach Sal Sunseri is one of the coaches recruiting him the hardest. Sunseri, who covers that area for the Crimson Tide, has been Goldman's main recruiter throughout the process.

"Coach Sal is a cool dude," Goldman said. "As far as recruiting, I can talk to him about anything, and he's going to be real with me. He isn't going to lie to me. That's one of the main reasons I like Alabama.

"And, I'm not saying that other schools don't produce NFL players, but they have had the most first-round picks the last three years."

Last month, Sunseri and UA head coach Nick Saban made the trip up to the East Coast, where they stopped by Friendship Collegiate Academy to visit with Goldman at his school.

"They were just reiterating why I should come there and basically what they have to offer," Goldman said. "A lot of people say Alabama is stacked, and they were telling me that they're not. They have a lot of people leaving, so they were just talking to me about that."

One of the things the Crimson Tide has pitched to Goldman is the chance for him to be the next Marcell Dareus if he chooses to come to Alabama. The versatile defensive lineman doesn't like comparisons but is intrigued by the possibility of playing all over the line.

"I don't want to be like anybody else," Goldman said. "I want to be like me. I don't really like being compared, and I don't like people being compared to me because there's no way I can be him.

"But what (Dareus) did in Alabama's system, that's what I'm going to be doing. Some plays they had him standing up, some plays they had him at the nose and some plays they had him at the end. I like that versatility. It kind of raises your stock."

After he takes his final visit in the coming weeks, Goldman plans to narrow his list down to three before making a decision. He plans to announce on National Signing Day.

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