This is the 37th in a series of articles counting down the days until Florida State football kicks off the 2012 season. There are 21 days until FSU football, and that's how many items are left on the list. That means no off days. Oh, and these are not in any specific order.
6'4, 320 | Defensive Tackle | Freshman
Bio (courtesy: media guide)
Consensus five-star defensive tackle and a force in the interior of the line...has good size and the ability to fire off on the snap, get into the backfield and be disruptive... comes off the ball low, plays with leverage and shows the quickness to chase down a player in the backfield having been clocked around a 4.8 in the 40...Under Armour All-American...USA Today 2011 All-USA Second Team All-American...ESPNHS Second Team All-American...2012 Parade All-American and SI.com's 2011 High School First Team All-American...racked up 38 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and five forced fumbles while helping Friendship Collegiate to a 9-1 record...earned first team All-Met by the Washington Post as a senior offensive lineman grading out at 90 percent but was always projected as a defensive player at the next level...No. 10 player on the ESPNU 150 and No. 1 defensive tackle, No. 2 player in the region and No. 1 player in D.C. by ESPN...ranked the No. 7 prospect nationally by Rivals and No. 1 player in D.C. and No. 2 defensive tackle...No. 17 on Tom Lemming's MaxPreps Top 100...Scout ranks him as the No. 4 defensive tackle...No. 1 player in D.C., No. 3 defensive tackle and No. 14 on the Top 247 list by 247Sports...tallied 40 tackles, six sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery as a junior...selected FSU over Alabama and Auburn.
Florida State's defensive line recruiting of late has been absolutely ridiculous.
How ridiculous? The 'Noles have ten (10) defensive tackles who were four or five-star recruits coming out of high school. I don't think any school has that.
One of the most promising is Eddie Goldman. Goldman chose Florida State last February after a great official visit to Tallahassee for the Oklahoma game.
What makes Goldman so impressive? His size and athleticism combo. A man this large should not be as quick as he is. A man this quick shouldn't be as large as he is.
Goldman has been very impressive so far in practice. There were early quotes that he is the quickest defensive lineman. While that's clearly hyperbole, Goldman is definitely physically advanced.
How much playing time will Goldman earn? That depends on a number of factors.
First, what position will Goldman play? As discussed Wednesday, many have Goldman pegged for nose tackle because of his size. But his length and quickness indicate that he can actually play three-technique.
Second, three-technique makes more sense given the depth chart, too. Amp McCloud, Timmy Jernigan and Nile Lawrence are a clear 1-2-3 at nose guard. Plus, Jacobbi McDaniel and Moses McCray could factor in to the discussion. At three-tech, however, it looks to be only Everett Dawkins and Demonte McAllister, given that Derrick Mitchell is out two months minimum with back surgery.
*All this assumes that Timmy Jernigan makes grades and that no other player changes positions (tackle to nose or vice-a-versa).
Given that, it makes sense for Goldman to play three-technique tackle.
All young defensive tackles are going to be raw, and Goldman is no exception. He'll make his fair share of mistakes.
But his physical skills should allow him to hold his own against many of the offensive linemen he will face. I project him to battle Demonte McAllister for backup reps. That should mean at least 100 snaps in meaningful (non-garbage) time, plus another 100 in garbage time. And there's certainly a chance for more.
If Goldman develops as a five-star tackle of his size and quickness could, he may only be in Tallahassee for three years.