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Friendship Collegiate’s Jalen Tabor drawing major attention, including offers from Alabama and Auburn

Friendship Collegiate defensive back Jalen Tabor’s first college football scholarship offer came during the spring of his freshman year.

And now, as a 15 year-old sophomore starting for the No. 6 Knights, Tabor now has nine major college scholarship offers to his name, including recent additions Alabama and Auburn.

Alabama was in attendance at Friendship Collegiate’s 22-16 win over Georgetown Prep on Sept. 9 and offered Tabor after the game, Knights Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim said. Auburn extended an offer on Friday, he said.

“His ball skills are the best I’ve ever coached,” said Abdul-Rahim, who played defensive back at San Diego State.

Tabor is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound cornerback who has a penchant for making a dazzling play. In four games this season, he already has three interceptions, including one in the season opener that he made one-handed while leaping and another against Georgetown Prep in which he caught the ball against his helmet.

Tabor also has offers from Maryland, Clemson, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Abdul-Rahim said Tabor’s recruitment is progressing faster and earlier than that of the Knights’ current top recruit, senior defensive lineman Eddie Goldman, who has nearly 50 scholarship offers and is considered one of the nation’s top recruits.

Video of Friendship Collegiate beating Georgetown Prep, including an interview with Tabor and highlights:

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.


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