Player Profile: Friendship Collegiate DT Eddie Goldman
Posted June 14, 2011 8:00 pm
Photo courtesy of Rivals.com
FinestPreps has been covering some of the nation’s elite high school football prospects and today we’re back at it!
Our very own Mike Curtis is profiling the man that many recruiting services have labeled as the top defensive lineman in America for the 2012 class.
Who’s the behemoth defensive lineman that is the king of the Washington, D.C. area?
Check below for Mike Curtis’ full report below.
Five star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman is next in the line of elite 2012 prospects that we are profiling here at FinestPreps.
The Washington, D.C. native is ranked as the #2 and #4 player nationally by ESPN and Rivals respectively, and for good reason.
Goldman has tremendous size, checks in at 6’4″, 310 pounds, and has the necessary strength to play right away.
He carries his well, and has good agility for someone of his stature. Goldman displays an excellent initial burst at the snap and is also blessed with incredibly quick, powerful hands.
He uses his hands like lethal weapons, punching with speed and power to dominate offensive linemen at the point of attack.
Eddie plays with good leverage and balance, making him tough to cut block. He is very adept at handling double teams and he demands them often which frees up linebackers to make plays.
A smothering run stopper, Eddie gets great penetration in the backfield which allows him to rack up plenty of tackles for loss. His presence alone will make running up the middle extremely difficult and will force offensive coordinators to gameplan around him. The overpowering defensive lineman may not get a ton of sacks but he will still disrupt the passing game.
He has the athletic ability to get after the quarterback and the power to push the pocket back. With his height and athleticism, Goldman can also get in passing lanes and bat down balls. He’s also a good tackler as well and if he gets his paws on you–you are going down.
It’s been stated that Eddie prefers to play the three technique in a 4-3 scheme but he also the has strength to anchor the line as a nose guard in a 3-4.
He’s so physically gifted that you could even slide him over to defensive end in the 3-4 alignment. He needs to develop his technique and will add more moves to his repertoire.
At the high school level, he can simply dominate offensive linemen with his brute force and quickness, which won’t always work in college. At the Division I-A level, he will need to use an array of moves to beat offensive linemen and not just physical dominance.
Goldman would also benefit from improving his conditioning, which will enable him to stay on the field longer.
Goldman will be playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a collection of the nation’s premiere high school football talent.
He boasts more then 50 scholarship offers and recently trimmed his list of potential suitors to 15.
Wherever Goldman takes his talents–you can rest assured he will have a huge impact from day one.
Defensive tackles are difficult to project, but with Goldman’s physical abilities, he has future NFL 1st round pick written all over him.
Mike Curtis is a contributing writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and feedback are welcome.
Click the link below to check out the highlights of Eddie Goldman–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKW7T9ODgPg&playnext=1&list=PL8D639B91BB169F46