Goldman: "They Take War Eagle To The Heart"

One of the nation's top defensive tackles discusses his official visit to Auburn and what has the Tigers in his top three.

Washington, D.C.—Rated a five-star prospect and the number four defensive tackle in the country by, big Eddie Goldman had already visited Florida State and Alabama and over the weekend he tripped to another of his favorites as he was on hand for Auburn's Iron Bowl showdown with Alabama. Taking in the sights and sounds of one of the biggest rivalries in sports, Goldman said his visit was all he expected and more.

"It went good," Goldman said. "I hung out with the players and they are a good group of guys. It's a tight-knit group as far as the coaches and the team. They showed me a lot of love."

The love extended from the fans to the players as well and Goldman witnessed that first hand. Despite getting beat 42-14 by Alabama to finish the season 7-5, Auburn fans stayed in the stands to cheer on their team and that was impressive for the big defensive tackle.

"Anytime you go to a big-time college it's a big atmosphere and you get a lot of love," Goldman said. "I was surprised the love they got even though they lost. They've got really faithful fans. They take War Eagle to the heart."

Hosted by Auburn defensive end Nosa Eguae, Goldman said he enjoyed getting to talk to the third-year Tiger about life on the Plains, his decision to choose Auburn, and everything about the program.

"He's a pretty cool dude, him and his roommates," Goldman said. "They're a funny group of guys and real close.

"I asked them why they came to Auburn and they were pretty much like I just said, ‘Tight group and like a family.' Their bond is just inseparable."

Able to be on the field before the game and in the Auburn locker room during and after the game Goldman said one of the things he enjoyed about the trip was seeing how the coaches and players interacted during a game.

"I was in the locker room at halftime and after the game and I saw how the players pick each other up even though they were losing," Goldman said. "I also saw how the coaches kept the team together and kept them going. It was a good experience."

There is no question that Auburn's struggles on defense this season were in part because of a lack of production up front on the defensive line. While that group should only continue to get better as it matures it still leaves an opportunity for early playing time and Goldman said that's what Auburn's coaches told him all weekend.

"They said if I come and beat out somebody then I can play, and there's a good possibility I could do that," Goldman said. "They are young at that position so it would be a good opportunity if I go there to play three or four years and go to the league.

"They didn't have much depth. They had about four defensive ends. I didn't see everybody, but to me it didn't look like they had much depth."

With three visits in the books and still trips to California and Miami left Goldman said at the moment he's got a top three and no team is out in front. "Right now, I'd say my top is Alabama, Auburn and Florida State," he said. "Those are the only schools I've visited but those are my top three right now."

Planning to play in the Under Armour Game after wrapping up his senior season with a 9-1 record, 35 tackles, eight sacks, and an interception for a touchdown, Goldman said he hopes to make his decision and inform the coaches before signing day and then announce it publicly at that time.

"I'll probably make my decision before signing day because I don't want to do the whole picking a school thing," Goldman said. "I'm going to commit before signing day and then on signing day I'll just announce it."

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