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Friendship Collegiate’s Eddie Goldman to focus on Alabama, Auburn, Florida State with a week left before National Signing Day

After months of being recruited by many of the nation’s top football programs, Friendship Collegiate defensive lineman Eddie Goldman has reached crunch time. He’s a week away from National Signing Day on Feb. 1 and he has yet to finalize his decision, according to his high school coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.

Goldman, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound senior, will spend the next week choosing between Alabama, Auburn and Florida State, Abdul-Rahim said. He said Goldman also will cut off contact with schools to focus on making his choice. “He is just going to talk with his family and come to a decision,” Abdul-Rahim said.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban and Auburn Coach Gene Chizik have already made in-home visits with Goldman, Abdul-Rahim said. Coach Jimbo Fisher of Florida State, whose school is believed to be the front-runner for Goldman, paid a visit to the school on Tuesday — and will be the last coach to see him.

With Goldman focusing on those three schools, that means California, Clemson, Maryland and Miami — all schools in his August list of seven finalists — are out of the running. Goldman took four of his allowed five official visits: Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Miami.

Abdul-Rahim said Goldman will announce his decision on national television the morning of Feb. 1. He added the Knights could have between 16 and 18 seniors signing letters of intent — a school record.

View Photo Gallery: The Friendship Collegiate senior, a 6-4, 315-pound lineman, is one of the top recruits in the country and has been pursued by nearly every top football program in the country.

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James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.

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