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Goldman makes his way to FSU

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Amongst those that attended but did not participate in the first day of the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp was five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman from Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy.
"I got here earlier today," Goldman said. "I got here a couple hours ago. I have been spending time with Coach (Odell) Haggins tonight. We went up to his office and talked for a while. It was all good."
The 6-foot-3, 315-pound talked about what he and the Seminoles' defensive tackles coach were talking about.
"The topic of conversation was that he was basically telling me that he wants me to earn my starting position here," Goldman said. "He said he wasn't going to tell me that if I came here I would automatically start. He said that you have to earn everything. But he said he would love to have me here."
Wednesday marks Goldman's second visit to Florida State. This time around he is looking for a more personal and in-depth experience while on campus.
"This time I am going to spend time with some of the players and that is important," Goldman said. "If I was to come here next year then those are the guys I am going to be playing with. I want to build a comfort level with wherever I am going to be at."
Early on in the visit, Goldman spent time with Timmy Jernigan.
Florida State is far from the only suitor for Goldman, who is working hard to narrow things down.
"I am down to 15 schools," Goldman said. "Hopefully I can get it down to five but that will probably be too hard. I will probably get it down to eight or ten. I am going to try to narrow it down further. I am trying to do it around the beginning or middle of the season."
Currently, his list is occupied by Alabama, Auburn, California, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia.
When he narrows his list down, Goldman intends to set his official visits to five different campuses.
"I am going to take all my visits," Goldman said. "That will probably be during the season. I know of a few I am going to visit but I would rather not say."
Prior to visiting Florida State, Goldman had visited Cal, South Carolina, and most recently Alabama. He talked about each trip.
Alabama: "It was a real cool visit. Coach (Nick) Saban is a real cool guy. I went through a whole college experience there, because I got to spend time with the football players but also the regular students there. It was cool. It was a real good time."
South Carolina: "It was a good time. I didn't really get to spend a lot of time with other players but I met the coaches and spent a lot of one-on-one time with them. My mother and father, as well as my defensive line coach, were there. It was good. I got to learn a lot about the school."
Cal: "I had a good time out there. I hung out with three of their defensive lineman. I just hung out with them. I also spent time with Avery (Walls)."
Whenever Goldman makes his way on a campus, he is looking to build a personal relationship with players.
"Getting to know everybody is important to me," Goldman said. "The coaches can tell you one thing but it can be totally different. When a player tells you, it is more on an honest level."
Goldman, who says he intends to decide on or near National Signing Day, said Florida State will be his last visit in the immediate future.
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