Auburn In The Mix For 5-Star DT After Visit

Five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman talks about his visit to Auburn on Monday.

Washington, D.C.--One of the nation's top defensive tackle prospects continued his Southern tour on Monday as the Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers were on the docket for five-star prospect Eddie Goldman. Talking about the 2010 National Champions, Goldman said he liked what he saw from Coach Gene Chizik's program.

"The visit went good," the 6-3, 290 Goldman said. "They showed me some of the stuff they do as far as scheme. They showed me some tape on Nick Fairley. It was good. They showed me hospitality."

Expected to be taken very high in this month's NFL Draft, Fairley was a dominating player for the Tigers last season at defensive tackle before leaving school early for the professional ranks. Earning All-SEC and All-American honors as well as winning the Lombardi Award, Fairley was impressive to Goldman as well when he watched him on video.

"I didn't really know he was that good until they broke him down," Goldman said. "He had the freedom to do whatever he wanted because he's such an athletic player. They told me that's what I would if I were in the system."

With well over 40 offers and more coming weekly, Goldman has plenty of options when looking for his future home, but said that after seeing Auburn he could see the Tigers making his list when he decides to narrow his choices later this year.

"It's definitely a good school," Goldman said. "The coaches are really open and are really close with each other. Hopefully, I can narrow things down to a top five after my senior year, but right now I could safely say Auburn would be in my top 10 right now."

Including Clemson in the list of schools that would likely make his initial list later this year, Goldman said he's also had the chance to visit Miami and Georgia and is planning to visit Alabama on Thursday.

"I would say Alabama and LSU, but I haven't visited those schools," Goldman said. "It's nothing against them, I just haven't visited them."

Goldman did have a chance to see the Georgia Bulldogs earlier in the day on Monday and said it was very similar to his Auburn trip and he enjoyed seeing the campus and facilities.

"It's kind of the same (as Auburn)," Goldman said. "They showed me hospitality. The coaches seemed like they were close. It was just different players and different people (than at Auburn)."

With so many options to choose from down the road the massive defensive tackle said he's got certain things he'll be looking for in a school when he pulls the trigger.

"Academics," Goldman said. "That's first. Then the relationship with the staff. Then the playing scheme."

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