Expert talks Gators' Northeast prospects

Always recruiting hard in this area of the country, FightinGators.com takes a hard look at two top prospects from the Northeast that the Florida Gators are after. Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Dohn as his hand on the pulse of the area and talks to us about two of the best considering the Gators in 5-star defensive back Jalen Tabor and 4-star offensive lineman Damian Prince.

Jalen Tabor has been a highlight reel night in and night out ever since he started high school at Washington (D.C.) Edison –Friendship Charter School. Despite that, he continues to improve his game.

"There wasn't a ton for Tabor to improve on this season because he was a really good prospect with sound technique heading into the fall, but one thing I noticed was his willingness to play physical in the running game," Dohn told FightinGators.com. "He got involved in helping stop the run more than he did last season."

"The biggest thing for Tabor is getting a little faster. He has good technique, he is strong and physical and he turns his hips really well, but he isn't a burner."

The Gators have been recruiting Tabor for quite a long time. The Maryland Terrapins have been stiff competition and Alabama has jumped into the mix kind of late in the process but are making a big impact.

"Trying to read Tabor's recruitment is like trying to read hieroglyphics, but there is a constant in that he always held Florida in high regard," Dohn said. "However, Alabama has made a strong move and is a real threat, and the fact he lives so close to Maryland and has visited so often is another concern because he has so many friends in the program.

"Depending on the day, the leaders seem to change, and that he visits Alabama last should concern Florida fans. He grew up really liking Florida, and the Gators will have to remind him of that during his visit."

Damian Prince is a late arrival to Florida football recruiting circle, but the gators are trying desperately to make a hard push. Dohn says there is a lot to like about the nation's #5 offensive tackle.

"Prince plays a little lower than he did last year in the running game, and that makes him a driving force," Dohn said. "He is explosive, and when he gets under a defensive lineman, it is game over. He was always good at it, but he took it to another level in his senior year.

"The biggest area of improvement for Prince is in pass protection. He needs to work on his kick step and not just use his athleticism to succeed in that spot."

As for his recruitment, Florida is going to have to deal with some heavy hitters in the recruiting process to land the massive lineman.

"Does Ohio State want Prince?," asks Dohn. "Where does Florida State see him? Can he leave home or is the comfort of Maryland too much to pass up? There are a lot of questions with Prince, but the biggest thing is Prince has been methodical with his recruitment hasn't cut his list very often. He is still considering more than a half-dozen schools, and he took an official visit to Maryland this weekend.

"Florida is making a strong push for Prince, but winning is important in his recruitment. He isn't making a decision until the second week of February, so there is a long way to go in this one."

Scout.com will be right there to cover the Jalen Tabor and Damien Prince recruitment until its finality. Stay tuned for that and our coverage of the rest of the Gators recruiting board right here on FightinGators.com.


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