The white uniform represented many things for Tabor. It cemented his legendary status at the school. It marked the fourth player in three years to earn an invite to the prestigious national game. And it gave him the opportunity he’s been waiting for since he was young: For years, Tabor has watched high school stars announce their college decisions on national television, with those announcements often taking place on the field during all-star games. Now he intends to do the same.
“I’ve always wanted to do it on national TV,” Tabor said.
Tabor, one of the top defensive players in the country, will choose his school on the afternoon of Jan. 2nd in St. Petersburg, Fla., as part of the Under Armour All-America Game festivities. The 6-f00t-1, 190-pound prospect will choose between Maryland, Alabama, Florida and Arizona, as Friendship Coach Aazar Abdul-Rahim said Thursday that Tabor is still interested in visiting the Wildcats. The four schools emerged as the front-runners earlier this fall for Tabor, who counts nearly 30 offers and is ESPN’s 15th rated player in the class of 2014.
“It means a lot, just keep putting on the for the school, for the city. It means a whole lot just to know I have a whole community behind me,” Tabor said. “I got a whole community at my back. If I do good, people start looking at the inner city a little different.”
Tabor said he has an official visit lined up with Maryland on the weekend of Nov. 8th, and Abdul-Rahim confirmed he will also visit Alabama on Dec. 13. On Thursday, Tabor’s ceremony was more about commemorating his time at Friendship.
Flanked by his family and coaches, he briefly spoke in front of his teammates, who cheered as a highlight reel aired and took pictures with him afterward.
Tabor has been one of the best players in the area for some time. He earned first team All-Met honors as a junior last season, allowing no completions during a national scale schedule. He has rarely been tested by opposing coaches and quarterbacks again this fall, and has already scored touchdowns on offense and special teams.
Tabor is the fourth Friendship player in three years to don an an Under Armour All-America jersey. He follows in the footsteps of Florida State’s Eddie Goldman in 2011 and Maryland recruits Yannick Ngakoue and Derwin Gray last year. All three of those players waited until signing day to choose their college destinations, but Tabor said it only feels natural to honor his selection to the game by committing to a school that day. With everything in front of the young star, it will also be the final time he gets to run with the top high school players in the country.
“I think this is going to be my last opportunity to meet some future teammates, some future stars,” Tabor said. “Hopefully some future Pro Bowl mates, hopefully some future NFL teammates.”