5-Star CB Jalen Tabor Flips Commitment from Arizona to Florida

Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystJanuary 9, 2014


The Florida Gators picked up a late addition for spring practice Thursday when standout cornerback Jalen Tabor switched his collegiate destination from Tucson to Gainesville. The 5-star prospect decommitted from Arizona one week after pledging to the Wildcats, he confirmed on Twitter, and is now headed to Florida.

Tabor will arrive on campus next week as an early enrollee. It's a late boost for Will Muschamp's 2014 recruiting class, which will be relied on immediately to help rebound from a disastrous 4-8 season.

The Friendship Academy (Washington, D.C.) standout initially announced his allegiance to Arizona on Jan. 2 at the Under Armour All-America Game. One week later, Rich Rodriguez lost his grips on the Wildcats' top target.

Tabor, a 6'1", 182-pound prospect, spent an official visit at Florida in early December. He also looked closely at Alabama and Maryland, visiting both programs.

Florida is set to welcome three consensus 5-star prospects to the team this year. Tabor joins defensive tackle Gerald Willis (New Orleans, La.) and quarterback Will Grier (Davidson, N.C.).

Grier will also be in Gainesville for the spring semester. Fellow cornerback Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla.), a 4-star recruit, is another early enrollee.

The class currently features 21 players and ranks seventh nationally, per 247Sports.

Tabor is rated the nation's No. 4 cornerback and No. 24 overall prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings. With Willis and Grier already on board, the Gators hold commitments from three of the country's top 32 prospects on that list.

Tabor helped lead his high school squad to a second consecutive sectional title-game appearance in 2013. He finished the season with five interceptions and 17 pass breakups, according to The Washington Post.

Expect him to compete for early playing time in Gainesville. Florida cornerbacks Marcus Roberson and Loucheiz Purifoy each left school early to enter the NFL draft.