Tabor's commitment sends a message

Jalen Tabor's commitment to Arizona is meaningful for numerous reasons. Read on to find out what those are and what message it sends.

There are so many places you can look at when discussing why the commitment of four-star corner Jalen Tabor is important to Arizona.

First off, he's just that good. Tabor is the highest commitment since Robert Golden in 2008 and is almost a lock to come in and start right away.

"Tabor is a lethal combination of size, speed and physical play,"'s Brian Dohn writes. "When he gets his hands on a player at the line of scrimmage, the receiver doesn't get off of it easily. He changes direction well and closes on passes. He drives on the ball well. He is also physical down the field and doesn't stop on the play until he either breaks up the pass or rips the ball from the receiver's hands."

This isn't Arizona landing a top receiver or quarterback under one of the best offensive coaches in the country. No, this is Arizona landing a corner when facing up against a team that has won numerous national championships under a coach that many consider to be one of the best defensive minds in the country, if not the absolute best.

This is a player that spurned basically an offer to play anywhere in the country and chose Arizona for numerous reasons.

This is a message.

Arizona isn't yet at the level where it can consistently compete nationally for recruits like Tabor against the Alabamas of the college football world, but it also is not going to get pushed around and now has to be considered seriously.

When you take a look at Tabor's recruitment, nobody mentioned Arizona until he made them. It was Alabama, Florida, and Maryland until Tabor eliminated every school except Alabama and Arizona.

Even then, the prevailing thought was that Tabor was headed to Alabama because, well, it's Alabama and in the mind of most "experts" and fans, Arizona has no business being mentioned with the Crimson Tide.

Well, it does now.

On Thursday, Arizona joined the company of LSU, Alabama, Florida and other schools with a rich history of football.

For at least one day, Arizona was mentioned with the top football programs in the country because of Jalen Tabor.

Arizona fans could get used to this.

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