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Friendship Collegiate DB Jalen Tabor set to make college decision

Friendship Collegiate defensive back Jalen Tabor is expected to choose between Alabama and Arizona Thursday, joining a number of the country’s best prospects in announcing their college plans at the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg (Fla.). The game starts at 4 p.m. ET and will be shown on ESPN.

Friendship Collegiate defensive back Jalen Tabor, right, will make his college decision at Thursday's Under Armour All-America Game in Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post) Jalen Tabor, right, will make his college decision at Thursday’s Under Armour All-America Game in Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Tabor’s appearance in the game marks the latest accomplishment in what has been a decorated career. A two-time first-team All-Met, Tabor is currently ESPN’s 15th rated player in the class of 2014. After Thursday’s game, Tabor’s high school career will officially be over, with his college decision ending what has been a winding and suspenseful recruiting process. After initially considering four schools, including Maryland and Florida, Tabor cut his list down to Alabama and Arizona last week.

“It’s very stressful. Just deciding where you want to go to school, I never thought it would be this hard,” Tabor said. “I wish I would’ve committed earlier, but it is what it is.”

Tabor has been interacting with Alabama targets all week, including Crimson Tide wide receiver commit Cameron Sims. Tabor added that having Woodbridge defensive tackle and Crimson Tide recruit Da’Shawn Hand and other athletes from the Washington area around has helped with preparation for Thursday. He celebrated his 18th birthday Tuesday, and said he is “honored” to compete in drills against the country’s best high school players. On Thursday, he will fulfill a childhood goal by making his college decision on national television.

“There’s a lot of talent down here. I’m very blessed to be down here. Just taking it all in,” Tabor said. “It’s all fun down here.”

Five-Star recruit Jalen Tabor believes the lack of a home field and uneven schedule makes him a better player. (Nathan Bickell for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

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



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