Florida Gators Flip Top CB Recruit Jalen Tabor

Brian RichieContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2014

Jan 2, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Team Highlight cornerback Jalen Tabor (1) during the second half at Tropicana Field. Team Highlight defeated the Team Nitro 31-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

A week ago, ESPN's No. 15 overall (No. 5 CB) prospect Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy) had narrowed down his final choices to Alabama and Arizona.

During the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game, Tabor chose the Wildcats. Today, Tabor's mother confirmed her son has flipped his commitment to the Gators, according to Gerry Hamilton of ESPN.

Tabor now becomes the Gators' highest-ranked recruit on ESPN's Top 300. The 6'1", 188-pound prospect gives the Gators three defensive backs in the 2014 class, not including two "ATH" players—No. 10 ATH J.C. Jackson and No. 11 ATH Chris Lammons—who could play defensive back for the Gators.

The Gators are also expected to be in the lead for No. 7 overall and No. 2 CB prospect Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Ca./Junipero Serra High School).

Tabor is expected to enroll at the University of Florida and be on campus by Monday, per Hamilton.

He initially took official visits to Arizona, Maryland, Florida and Alabama before cutting his final two choices to Alabama and Arizona on Jan. 2.

Tabor's pick of the Wildcats may have been influenced by the commitment of his friend and teammate, Jonathan Haden, who is committed to Arizona. Haden is the younger brother of former Gators cornerback and current Cleveland Browns Pro Bowler Joe Haden.

After Tabor's flip to Florida, he announced on his Twitter account that he will wear the No. 5 jersey for Florida, the same number Joe Haden wore for the Gators in his college days, to which he received congratulations and well wishes from Haden himself.