Five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman from Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy has narrowed his list of schools down to seven and is ready to take his first official visit as he heads to Tallahassee this weekend to watch the Seminoles host the Oklahoma Sooners. Goldman breaks down what he is looking for as well as his other favorites.
"This will be my first official visit so I'll be looking to learn to see how comfortable I am with the players," said the 6-foot-4, 307-pounder. "I'll also get a better feel for the coaches and see what gameday is like."
For Goldman, Florida State has always been one of his favorites.
"The atmosphere down there, the people, you can get a great education and they use a good rotation on the defensive line and have good players. It's a 4-3 defense and that suits me. It's also a great game to see because they are playing Oklahoma, it will be the game of the week."
In addition to Florida State, Goldman has Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Cal, Miami and Maryland on his list of seven. He breaks down a little about what he likes about each.
"With Alabama they get you NFL ready, you can see it by how many guys they put in the pros. I think they had like 3 or four first rounders and two of the top picks in the draft. They have really good coaching and I like the people down there. They play a 3-4 defense but they move guys all around.
"With Auburn, I have a really close relationship with the coaches and they are good people. I like the Nick Fairley comparisons, even though I just want to be me, it's pretty cool. They play a 4-3 and I would fit in well.
"Clemson has a head coach in Dabo Swinney who is very involved in recruiting and I talk to coach Steele a lot. They play strictly a 4-3 defense and they think I fit in well.
"At Cal it's about coach Tosh Lupoi and how advanced he is as a coach so young. He's ahead of his time and I learned a lot from him out at their summer camp. They play a 3-4 defense but with a lot of 4-3 packages as well.
"With Miami I met the old staff and haven't met the new staff, but it was always my dream school growing up and I want to see them in person. They play a lot of freshmen so I think I could play early, but with the NCAA stuff I have to wait and see a bit.
"And with Maryland I had a really good visit for their game against Miami, they showed me great hospitality and I like what I see from them. I think they are on the rise."
Goldman, ranked as the No. 4 prospect overall, has not set up any additional official visits but hopes to do so soon. He has visited all seven of his schools unofficially already. He has no timeframe for a decision and will likely take all five visits.
"I'm going to take my time and make sure I make the right choice," he said. "I want to do this the right way."