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April 11, 2011Washington D.C. five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman is currently in the midst of a tour of the southeast, making a stop in Auburn late Monday afternoon.
Goldman was making his first trip to Auburn, and was impressed with what he saw on his brief visit.
"The visit went good," Goldman said. "They showed me the stuff they do on the defensive line, they showed me film of Nick Fairley, it was good."
Fairley was the Tigers' All-American tackle in 2010 and Lombardi Award winner. Goldman said he had no idea how good Fairley was until today.
"I didn't know he was that good until they broke him down and told me," Goldman said. "He had the freedom to do what he wanted he was such a good player. They said I could have that freedom."
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound tackle said Auburn was a good experience and expects the Tigers to be among his final ten schools at least, when he begins to narrow down his list.
"It's definitely a good school, the coaches are open, they are really close together," Goldman said.
"Hopefully I can narrow my schools down to a top five before my senior year. Right now I could safely say Auburn would be in my top ten."
Goldman also met with Auburn defensive line coach Mike Pelton, who he descirbed as a, "real cool dude, an overall good guy".
Goldman mentioned Clemson as another school that would likely make his top ten, and mentioned schools such as Alabama and LSU that he planned visits to soon.
Before heading to Auburn on Monday, Goldman was in Athens, Georgia checking out the Bulldogs program.
"It was much the same," Goldman said about his Georgia visit. "Georgia showed me hospitality, their coaches seem like they were close, much of the same. Just different players, different people."
While many factors will come into play for Goldman during his recruitment, he did mention three important factors that may stand above the rest.
"Academics, relationships with the staff, and playing scheme," Goldman said.
Goldman said he hopes to have a top five by the start of his senior season, and is not likely to make a decision until after his senior season.