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Jalen Tabor, Photo By Brandy Louis Simms
Published on: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
By Brandy Louis Simms, Sentinel Sports Reporter
Jalen Tabor, a Prince George’s County native who played high school football at Friendship Collegiate Academy in the nation’s capital, has verbally committed to play college football at the University of Arizona.
Tabor, who chose the Pac-12 Conference school over Southeastern Conference power Alabama among others, made the announcement Jan. 2 during the nationally televised Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tabor became the fourth player from Friendship Collegiate Academy to participate in the Under Armour event, joining a list that includes Eddie Goldman (Florida State), Yannick Ngakoue (Maryland) and Derwin Gray (Maryland).
The 6-foot-1, 186-pound cornerback holds various Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) offers but trimmed his list down to Alabama, Arizona, Florida and Maryland last fall before paring it down to two schools prior to the Under Armour Game.
Tabor is one of the nation’s top-ranked players at his position. He’s rated as the 15th-best recruit in the country according to ESPN.com and ranked 24th nationally by Rivals.com.
By pledging to Arizona, Tabor joins high school teammate and fellow Prince George’s County product Jonathan Haden who made a verbal commitment to the Wildcats last summer.
The Maryland native said he enjoyed growing up in the Upper Marlboro and Landover area.
“It was real fun,” he said. “I had a real good childhood.”
Tabor has spent his high school career at the D.C. public charter school, leading the Knights to a 6-5 record during the 2013 campaign.
“It’s been real good,” said Tabor, who registered five interceptions during his senior campaign. “It’s changed my whole life around not only on the field but off the field as well. I think I’ve grown more off the field than I have on the field. It’s definitely a life-changing experience.”