April 13, 2011

Tide hosts nation's top DT

If Nick Saban and the University of Alabama coaching staff are looking for a replacement for former All-American Marcell Dareus, they may have found their man in Eddie Goldman, a 6-foot-4, 307-pound defensive lineman who was on campus Tuesday.

"Coach Saban said I was the exact height and weight of Marcell Dareus when he was here," Goldman said. "He said it would be a mixture of everything on how they would use me (on the defensive line)."

The Rivals.com five-star recruit from Washington, D.C., made the trip to Tuscaloosa with his head coach. It was the third stop on his Southeastern tour of schools that also includes Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

"(The visit) went good," Goldman said. "It was beautiful down there. I saw practice, and it just gave me a feel for what it's really like. The fast pace that they practice at stood out."

Goldman's coach, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, also came away from the Alabama visit impressed, especially with the Crimson Tide's practice and how it is run.

"In a nutshell, everything was good," Abdul-Rahim said. "Tuscaloosa is really a football community. It was a pleasure watching their practice and seeing how efficient it was. It's a real tight ship. It's a real tight machine that (Saban) runs. They run a very business-oriented college football program."

After practice, Goldman met with Saban, linebackers coach Sal Sunseri, who has served as his main recruiter, and UA defensive line coach Chris Rumph.

"(Coach Saban) just talked to me about perfecting my craft and the things that I would be doing if I chose to go to their school," Goldman said.

Goldman, who has more than 50 scholarship offers, said the main factors he is looking for are academics, his relationship with the coaching staff and his comfort level with the school.

After Tuesday's visit, the five-star recruit said he felt comfortable at Alabama and was confident the Crimson Tide would make his first cut.

Last week, Abdul-Rahim said Goldman would try to narrow his list of schools down by the end of May. The Friendship Collegiate Academy head coach thinks his star player will succeed if he ends up at Alabama.

"I just feel like from watching spring ball, that he would do well there," Abdul-Rahim said. "I could see that it's a position need by just watching practice."

Goldman, who went to Georgia and Auburn on Monday, is scheduled to visit both Florida and Florida State today before flying back.

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