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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 04/22/2011

Friendship’s Goldman keeps distractions out while college offers pour in

You wouldn’t think that a 6-foot-4, 305-pound 17-year-old needs protection. There’s a lot, though, that Friendship Collegiate football coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim doesn’t want star recruit Eddie Goldman to have to endure over the next nine months until he chooses a college.

More than 50 schools have offered scholarships to the Friendship junior lineman, according to Abdul-Rahim, and each wants to gain an edge on the others. It’s why Abdul-Rahim doesn’t give out Goldman’s cell phone number to college coaches.

“He doesn’t need to talk to 50 coaches every day because they would do that,” Abdul-Rahim said. “I’ll be the bad guy. I’ll be the one who keeps him away from that. I don’t want the bad side of college football to taint his experience, because it’s out there, especially for a kid like him.”

Abdul-Rahim said he also keeps Goldman away from another ubiquitous part of football recruiting – combines. That’s because he knows Goldman has nothing to gain from going to a combine.

“Combines want you to come,” Abdul-Rahim said. “That’s how they get other people to come, but getting big-time recruits to come. Then, everyone thinks they can make a name for themself going up against big-time recruits. He has nothing to gain. The only place I’m taking him to is a college, not any combines.

“He doesn’t have to do anything. He just has to figure out where he wants to play college football.”

Along with Friendship assistant Mike Hunter, Abdul-Rahim and Goldman visited five premier programs last week: Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Georgia. They plan to visit Ohio State later this month.

“You watch him go on these visits, hear about how great [a player] people think he is, and it’s a lot to handle,” Abdul-Rahim said. “He’s the perfect kid for this. He’s extremely humble and he’s not in awe of it all.”

In case any college coach wants to see Goldman in action, though, Abdul-Rahim is opening Friendship’s spring practice to them during the final two weeks of May.

“That’s our form of a combine.” Abdul-Rahim said.

He added that Goldman will trim his list of schools to about 10 by the end of May, but don’t expect Goldman to make a choice any time soon.

“We don’t have a timetable. We’ll stretch it out to signing day because [the attention] will help our school. It’s amazing where we’ve come.”

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