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Gator All-Star Week: Jalen Tabor

Last week we had or ‘Wildcard Week’ with those players that we think can make a difference in the gators’ 2016 football season but haven’t quite done so yet. This week will be Fightin’ Gators’ ‘All-Star Week’ for those guys that we feel are in for a huge season. Our Saturday All-Star is Jalen Tabor.

How he got to Florida: One of the strangest endings to a recruitment you will ever hear of. Jalen Tabor was recruited by everyone as a top two cornerback in the country. He showed up the Under Armour All-American Game week festivities ready to commit. Arizona and Alabama were the teams there and he picked the Pac-12 Wildcats. Less than a week later, the family decided that Arizona was too far away from their home in Washington D.C. and as it turns out he never wanted to go to Alabama, so the compromise was the Gators. 

What he’s done at Florida:  In his freshman and sophomore years he played in 25 games and started 14. As a corner he has a solid 71 tackles and has intercepted the ball five times including a team leading four interceptions in 2015. Last year he returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns. He’s extremely physical and has a career eight tackles for loss a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his first two years on campus.


Why he's a projected All-Star candidate: Tabor will be everyone’s All-American in 2016. Likely a high first round pick, there is very little chance he remains around for his senior season. He is really just that good.

His physicality is second only to his instincts and he has very good size for a cornerback with the elite tools he has. He did nothing in the spring to make us think that he won’t live up to the billing and will know more about the system than he did in 2015.

If he stays out of trouble and injury free, he will be on the field more and should start every game he is a part of. That alone will allow him to be a bigger player for the Gators than he already has been.

This should be an exciting year for Jalen Tabor.




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