Over the past two years, Florida State's furious defense has made a name for itself in the sack category. But, the Seminoles hoped to become even more dominant in the trenches, especially at the defensive tackle position with the addition of coveted five-star Eddie Goldman of Friendship Academy in Washington, DC.
Thanks to the relentless recruiting efforts of Odell Haggins, Lawrence Dawsey and the rest of the Seminole staff, on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. in front of an ESPNU national audience, Goldman announced he is is headed to Florida State.
He chose the Seminoles over Alabama, Auburn and Miami.
"I'll be surrounded by a lot of talent. I'll do my best to contribute," he said. "Conference didn't play a role at all. I was just trying to pick a school that was best for me."
Goldman's interest in the 'Noles was clear from the start. He made three trips to Tallahassee last year. He first visited in April during his spring break, then during FSU's summer camp and finally during his official visit during the FSU-Oklahoma game. Each time, he came away impressed. He liked how the Seminoles use a good rotation on the defensive line and a 4-3 defense, which he prefers.
"I think Eddie chose FSU because of the relationship with coach Odell Haggins first and foremost," said Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy head coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. "He really developed a bond with him and that relationship was key."
But probably the key for FSU was their underclassmen. Throughout the process, Goldman commented that he liked the youth on FSU's roster. It was a chance to grow with a young team. He particularly liked how freshman Timmy Jernigan got so much playing time.
"He liked the other defensive linemen in the class and wanted to compete with the best," said his coach. "I think that's best for him too because I know what kind of kid he is. He will do better against the best. It also didn't hurt that he'd be playing in the ACC and would get to play games at Maryland, Virginia, Boston College, Pitt and other places close to home."
Goldman is ranked Rivals.com's No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation and No. 7 overall.