Five-star DT sets top seven

Eddie Goldman recently unveiled his top seven schools. Scout checked in for the latest update on the No. 3 defensive tackle in the 2012 class.

Five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman trimmed his list to seven schools, but he hasn't gone beyond that in planning visits or naming leaders.

That is what Edison-Friendship Public Charter (Washington, D.C.) coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim told Scout.com, and added his standout player doesn't plan on announcing his college choice until signing day.

Goldman is looking at Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Miami, California and Maryland.

"He's visited all of them and I guess those are the ones he felt most comfortable with and wanted to do official visits," Abdul-Rahim said. "I don't know which ones he will make official visits to."

There is a common theme with each of the schools, and it involves how the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Goldman relates to a key member of the coaching staff.

"With all of them, he has somewhat of a bond with the defensive line coach," Abdul-Rahim said. "That's important. And since he went to each of the schools, he has some attraction to the school."

Abdul-Rahim said Goldman is not feeling the pressure of being a high-profile recruit – he is ranked No. 3 at defensive tackle in the 2012 class – and isn't concerned about which position he will play in college.

"He's going to play defensive line in college, but I really feel he's just as good as an offensive lineman as a defensive lineman," Abdul-Rahim said. "They're not going to tell him that because he wants to play defensive line, but if you watch him play offensive line, he does that well. Anybody that talks offensive line isn't really in his top 20."

Edison-Friendship plays a 3-3-5 defense, and Goldman moves around in it.

"He plays the 1-technique, 3-technique, 5-technique, defensive end …he plays every position," Abdul-Rahim said. "He's not interested in being a nose guard, and the bottom line is he knows they aren't on the field when it's second- and third-and-long, and they don't get up field. Once colleges started explaining to him how they work their 3-4 defense, I don't think it matters any more what style of defense he was looking at."

However, Abdul-Rahim doesn't think Goldman's recruitment will end for a while.

"It's going to be signing day," he said. "I think it's going to go to the wire."


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