Eddie Goldman picks UA Game

One tough decision down and one to go for five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman.

Goldman, who is No. 2 in the ESPNU 150, has decided he will play in the Under Armour All-America Game in January. Where he'll play his college ball, however, is still up in the air.

"This is great," Goldman said. "I am so excited to play in the Under Armour All-America Game. They have great players. ESPN gives you great exposure. It's the most exciting all-star game there is. Just about everything is televised. I just wish I could take my teammates with me so they can play in it to. It's going to be a great experience."

The 6-foot-4 and 310 pound defensive tackle from Washington D.C. Collegiate Academy had his pick of the litter among the various postseason all-star games. In the end, the UA game was just too hard to pass up.

"ESPN is synonymous with athletics and sports," said his father, Eddie Muhammad. "It's a great network and a great game. He and the other all-stars are on TV all week and then they play the game. ESPN televises so much that it's great exposure for all the kids. This is just a great opportunity. It's ESPN. It's ESPN. It's ESPN."

Goldman and his father have been a big fan of the game for some time and were hoping that maybe they'd get a chance to play in it.

"We watched it all together last year," Muhammad said. "It's surreal to him. It's surreal to me. He knows these guys. He knew some of the guys in it last year like Cyrus Kouandjio. We were paying attention. We watched the practices. We watched everything. This is so exciting and he figured he might have this opportunity one day."

While it's exciting for Goldman and his father, the best part to the both of them is the competition. Goldman doesn't shy away from it and he can't wait to practice and play against his peers in the Class of 2012.

"I always enjoyed going to combines and camps to see how I do against everyone," Goldman said. "I am excited to see how I measure up against some really good players. It's a different level for a week. I look forward to that challenge."

While the game is a big deal, this decision pales in comparison to the one looming about what school he will ultimately sign with on national signing day. Goldman is still wide open and considering 15 schools -- Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, NC State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia.

This summer Goldman camped at Cal and had a recent visit to see the Gamecocks with his parents and coach.

"They did an outstanding job on that South Carolina visit," Muhammad said. "It was an eye opening experience for all of us and South Carolina showed us a lot of love. We loved how everything is set up. They are set up for success in football and with the academics. Coach [Steve] Spurrier wasn't there but he did talk with Eddie on the phone. South Carolina really impressed us."

This week, Goldman will leave for a four-school stop in the South.

"We are going to back Alabama to stay for a few days," Goldman said. "We are also going back to Florida State, Auburn and Georgia. I am still open and looking at those 15 schools."

Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at jamienewbergbw@yahoo.com.