Talented 2014 DB High On Tigers After Visit

Jalen Tabor is expected to be one of the top defensive backs in the country for the 2014 class.

Washington, D.C.—One of the top defensive back prospects in the 2014 recruiting class, speedy Jalen Tabor from Edison-Friendship School, was on the Auburn campus Tuesday to check out the Tigers.

Spending time with Auburn coaches Tommy Thigpen and Willie Martinez, Tabor pointed out he enjoyed everything about the trip.

That's something he said he expected after talking recruiting with high school teammate Eddie Goldman. A big-time prospect who had the Tigers high on his list until the very end, Tabor said Goldman gave him a sneak preview of the Tigers and that was big for him.

"He told me about all the schools he went to so I had some expectations," Tabor said. "He told me a lot about everything. He said Auburn had great coaches and great facilities and the stadium was big. He said it was a great place to play football. When I got there that's what I was expecting, but I got more than that. It was great."

Already with 25 offers, even though he's just heading into his junior season, the 6-0, 180 cornerback said he's still very much open to many of the colleges on his list and Auburn joined that group after seeing the Tigers in person.

"It is definitely amongst the top right now," Tabor said of Auburn. "I have a good relationship with the coaches. I want to go back there. It's definitely in the top. I want to go back to a game if it's possible with my schedule.

"I'm also looking at Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Maryland, and Miami--that's about it."

Spending much of his time with Thigpen and Martinez in addition to touring the stadium, athletic complex, weight room and academic center, Tabor said he got a good feel for both coaches and is excited to continue to build the relationship with them.

"He's a real good guy, a real good coach," Tabor said of Thigpen. "I just wanted to build a relationship with the coaches. That's going to be a key in my decision. I got to build a relationship with him and Coach Martinez.I loved them. They want to coach you hard. They're not going to always tell you what's right. They're going to tell you what's wrong to make you better.

"That's the type of coach you want," he added of Martinez. "You don't always want a coach that's always going to tell you what you did right because at the end if the day, it's not going to get you better. Like my coach in high school, he's not going to tell me I'm good. I always try to please him. He's always telling me, ‘That's wrong. That's wrong.' I try to get it better so one day he'll tell me I am good."

Having already visited Florida on Monday and scheduled to be at Alabama on Wednesday, Tabor said he's getting a good dose of SEC football this week and that's exactly what he wants. The nation's top football conference dominates the national stage. Tabor said it's where he wants his future home to be.

"I'm still pretty wide open, but I wanted to check out the SEC," Tabor said. "You hear a lot of hype about it on TV, but until you get down there and see it for yourself you don't really know how big it is. They always have a lot of good players. I want to be the best so I want to play against the best. The SEC is the best place to do that."


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