USAAB Combine: 4-star Tabor Has Top 3

SAN ANTONIO -- Friendship Academy (Washington, D.C.) class of 2014 four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor cut his lengthy list of offers to 13 schools, and he has a Top 3. He spoke with FOXSportsNEXT while at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine at the Alamodome.

Jalen Tabor has a year before he makes his college decision, but the four-star class of 2014 cornerback from Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) already has a pretty good handle on his recruitment.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Tabor, who is the sixth-ranked cornerback in the class, trimmed his list extensive offer list to 13 schools, and three are standing out the most.

"I would say I have a top three with Alabama, Notre Dame and Florida," Tabor said. I cut it to 13. There are five ACC schools; Maryland, Florida State, North Carolina, Clemson and Miami. There are four SEC schools; Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee. Then, it's Oklahoma from the Big 12, and two Big Ten schools in Michigan and Ohio State, and then Notre Dame."

Tabor was at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine sporting a Florida Gators backpack, and when asked if anything should be read into it, he offered, "kinda" as his response.

In fact, the Gators are a program Tabor knows very well, and it begins with the coaching staff.

"At Florida, I have a great relationship with the coaching staff," Tabor said. "I feel like they can prepare me as a man, as a football player. There are really a lot of good coaches at Florida. (Assistant) coach Joker Phillips, who was the coach at Kentucky, and coach (Will) Mushchamp and (assistant) coach (Dan) Quinn and (assistant) coach (Brian) White and (defensive backs) coach Travaris (Robinson). I just really like the coaching staff, and my favorite player went there."

That favorite player is cornerback Joe Haden, who hails from Maryland.

But Tabor's excitement about the Gators doesn't stop with the staff or Haden.

"I've been down there and it's a great atmosphere," he said. "I'm from the north and I went down there thinking it was going to be a regular game, and they play LSU and you can't park anywhere within two miles. I'm like, ‘This is foreign to me.' It's a great atmosphere, it's loud, and it's a perfect place to play."

However, despite gushing about the Gators, Tabor said the two national championship finalists were also high in the running.

"Alabama speaks for itself," Tabor said. "What they're able to do with players, how they get players in the NFL, and what you can do with their education, which I think is No. 2 in the SEC behind Vanderbilt, which is a great academic school …it just says a lot about what they do. It all speaks for itself."

Tabor is trying to plan a spring visit to Notre Dame, but right now he is happy in his dealing with Irish assistant Scott Booker.

"I haven't been out there but I've been in close contact with coach Booker," Tabor said. "I really like how they performed this year. They came out and weren't even ranked and then starting smashing everybody. They beat a lot of top teams."

Tabor isn't looking at only football, and the academic prestige of Notre Dame will help.

"I know their education is real big," he said. "I just like what they're doing at Notre Dame."

Tabor said he plans to announce either at next year's U.S. Army All-American Bowl or on signing day.

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