Eddie Goldman is close to a decision.
The five-star defensive tackle from Washington (D.C.) Friendship won't take anymore official visits and is zeroing in on the schools he traveled to this winter and fall: Auburn, Alabama, Florida State and Miami.
“No we're not going to take it,” Goldman's mother, Sharon Davis, said of the unused fifth official visit that her son has left. “We've been talking it over the last couple of days and we're getting close to making a decision on one of the four schools that we've already visited.”
That would seem to rule out two suitors for Goldman: California and Clemson. Cal had long been in the picture thanks to a close relationship with ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi. Clemson made Goldman a top priority but the two have lost touch over the last several weeks.
Goldman was originally intent on announcing his decision on signing day, Feb. 1, but Davis said the family is considering an earlier announcement.
Here are some reasons why Goldman's four finalist are still in contention to land the nation's top defensive tackle:
The Crimson Tide is red-hot in recruiting and coming off a national championship. Goldman also has a budding relationship with athlete Cyrus Jones from Baltimore (Md.) Gilman, who committed to 'Bama last week. Davis said the two have become “really good friends”.
However, Goldman's mother was taken aback by the news that Sal Sunseri, Goldman's primary recruiter, decided to leave Alabama and become the defensive coordinator at Tennessee. Davis did say that Sunseri's departure would not affect her son's decision or how the family felt about Alabama.
The Tigers have a young team and have a need at defensive tackle, which could mean early playing time. Auburn has also shown it knows how to groom a top-flight defensive tackle, having done so with Nick Fairley in 2010.
Goldman raved about the official visit he took to Tallahassee in September. With the Seminoles, he would also get to be a part of a freshman class that is stocked with talent, especially on the defensive line.
The Hurricanes were prominent in Goldman's recruitment but slipped when allegations of NCAA rules violations surfaced last fall. Miami's coaches have assured Goldman that any punishment won't be major since they self-imposed their own penalties. There has always been a draw to Coral Gables.