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For Friendship Collegiate DB Jalen Tabor, Florida tops list

Five days after he announced Florida was his top college choice, Friendship Collegiate defensive back Jalen Tabor reiterated his strong feelings for the Gators Monday – but said about nine schools are “right behind” in the recruitment of one of the country’s most highly-touted juniors.

Friendship Collegiate DB Jalen Tabor has warmed up to the Florida Gators. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post) Friendship Collegiate DB Jalen Tabor has warmed up to the Florida Gators.
(Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Tabor holds nearly 30 offers. On Monday, he confirmed that he is still heavily considering Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Maryland, Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee, among others. He hasn’t made any visits, unofficial or official – but from the outside-looking-in at Florida, he feels comfortable with everything from the coaching staff to the weather, he said.

“Gator nation is known country-wide…they have a good depth chart situation right now,” Tabor said. “It’s just a great place to be. It’s like family down there.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Tabor was a first-team All-Met defensive back last fall. He didn’t allow any completions as a junior, and as a senior will join what figures to be one of the country’s more gifted defensive backfields at Friendship next fall. Tabor also plans to play wide receiver, although senior running back Jonathan Haden, another star recruit at the school, will likely be the focal point on the offensive side of the ball.

Like many of his Friendship teammates, it should be a whirlwind year for Tabor on the recruiting front. Naming a top school in Florida won’t change the plan – which is to prepare for his final high school season this spring and summer, followed by possible official visits later in the year, he said.

“Just concentrating on my school work and my skills right now,” Tabor said. “I’ll handle (visits) later.”

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Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.



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