July 20, 2011

Goldman enjoys return trip to UA

With nearly every elite program after him, Eddie Goldman is looking for the best fit, and a return trip to the University of Alabama helped the Crimson Tide's chances to land the nation's top defensive tackle.

Goldman, a 6-foot-4, 307-pound native of Washington D.C., flew to Tuscaloosa on Monday with his head coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. The two stayed in town through Wednesday morning before flying out.

"It went good," Goldman said. "I had fun. I went out with some of the players and hung out at the facilities. It was cool."

While on his second trip to UA, the Rivals.com five-star also met with a number of coaches from the Crimson Tide staff.

"I talked with Coach (Nick) Saban, Coach (Chris) Rumph, the defensive line coach, Coach Sal (Sunseri), and I talked with the strength and conditioning coach, Coach (Scott) Cochran," Goldman said.

"(Saban) just told me what I'd be doing in their system if I went to Alabama. He wants me at every position, so I could play all the positions on the defensive line."

The UA staff also talked with Goldman's head coach about the program and how much they coveted the elite defensive lineman.

"They just told me that Eddie is one of the top recruits for them, and they would love to have him," Abdul-Rahim said. "I like the way they go about their business and the way they go about setting up each year for success. It seems like a foolproof plan."

For Goldman, Tuscaloosa is a far cry from Washington D.C., but the East Coast native has enjoyed his time in the South and the lifestyle that comes with it.

"It definitely calms you down," Goldman said. "The people are together. There's a lot of togetherness down here. I'm just looking for good people, players and coaches."

According to his coach, the biggest factor for Goldman in the recruiting process is finding the best fit and a place where he
feels comfortable.

"It's about him being able to fit into a program," Abdul-Rahim said. "I think that's his main issue is that he just wants to feel at home. The best way of gauging where he wants to go is that it's got to be a good fit."

After leaving Tuscaloosa, Goldman and his coach were flying down to Tallahassee, Fla., on Wednesday to visit Florida State. This will be the second and final stop on the trip.

Goldman plans to narrow his list down during the upcoming season but indicated that Alabama will make the cut.

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