On January 2, 2014, he announced his commitment to the University of Arizona. One week later, his allegiance changed. Cornerback Jalen Tabor stunned the college football recruiting world when he decided he wanted to play in The Swamp, not the Old Pueblo. It was a solemn day for the Arizona Wildcats, but a victorious one for the Florida Gators.
The 6-foot-1, 190 lb. corner out of The Friendship Academy in Washington, D.C., was highly sought after by the top colleges in the country. Ranked as the No. 14 overall prospect in the nation, Tabor blew scouts away at the Under Armour All-American Game. His size and physicality make him standout. Some have even compared him to Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, a high compliment for the freshman.
According to reports, Florida head coach Will Muschamp is already thoroughly impressed with the young corner. Dubbing him a “quick study”, Muschamp has also stated that Tabor is willing to stay extra hours to study film, come in after hours to meet with coaches, and is able to fully learn from and not repeat his mistakes. He is dedicated to becoming better with each and every practice.
Tabor is expected to make an impact early for the Florida Gators. With former Florida corners Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson entering the 2014 NFL Draft and Cody Riggs transferring out of Florida, he was much-needed pickup for the Gators. The spot opposite of sophomore Vernon Hargreaves III is one that Tabor is vying for. There’s a good chance he will get it, that is, if fellow early enrollee Duke Dawson doesn’t beat him to it. Hargreaves believes that Tabor and Dawson are both eager, and talented enough, to earn it. The competition has heated up between the two corners in practice and will more than likely come down to the wire. Whether or not Tabor wins that spot, he is sure to see plenty of playing time during the Gators 2014 football season. I am positive Florida fans cannot wait to see Jalen Tabor in action.