Jalen Tabor Commitment Timeline

Jalen Tabor

Jalen Tabor has chosen to attend Arizona. Read on to see a timeline of how it led to this.

Nearly year ago, Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) corner Jalen Tabor named the schools he was looking at and Arizona did not get mentioned.

"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."

Once again, in march, Tabor would name the schools he was considering and would fail to mention the Wildcats as his recruitment went on.

"If I had to pick a leader right now, it would be the University of Florida," Tabor said. "It's a great atmosphere. The coaches, all the players down there, the Gator chomp, the swag that they play with, it just makes you want to be a Gator all around."

In July, Tabor started to really narrow his focus and let it be known that he would be deciding in January, but Arizona was still not on his list.

"I have Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Maryland," Tabor said. "The top two are between Florida and Maryland. I think those are the two leaders."

In October, Tabor had his official visits set and actually eliminated Arizona from contention to get one as he kept his eye on Maryland, Florida, and Alabama.

"There's so many pros to all those schools," said Tabor. "Every day I change my mind where I want to go. I wish I could fast forward to January to know where I'm going."

However, one month later, Tabor decided to go through with the Arizona visit and the Wildcats were able to seriously enter his recruitment due in large part to the effort of Matt Dudek, Tony Dews, and UA commitment and Tabor teammate Jonathan Haden.

"Coach Dudek got me interested and then I found out that I really liked talking with the coaching staff," Tabor said. "I think I got to talk with pretty much everyone and they let me know that this is a place where they are doing things.

"The coaches also let me know that they think my athletic ability and instincts are a good fit for what they want to do."

There was some concern because Tabor visited for the Washington State game, but the loss did not see to affect him.

"The visit far exceeded my expectations," Tabor said. "I had a feeling I would like it because I've heard good things about the school from Jon Haden and Matt Dudek.

"The fans were into the game and even though they didn't win you could tell it was close. If they cleaned up a little bit of stuff they could have won easily."

As Tabor continued through the process, it became obvious that it would come down to Maryland, Arizona, and Alabama. However, he surprised some when he eliminated Maryland and focused on two.

"They [Maryland] were eliminated for a lot of reasons," Tabor said. "They had a good year but lost some games. They have some stuff going on. I talked with a lot of those players. It will be hard to tell coach [Mike] Locksley (Maryland offensive coordinator).

"Florida just had too many red-flags. Don't get me wrong, I love those coaches there, especially T-Rob (Travaris Robinson). But this is a business decision and if they don't do well next season those guys won't be there."

Tabor would not tip his hand as to which school he was favoring, but did admit he was leaning once way.

"Right now its 60-40 between the two," Tabor said. "There is still some time to decide and it's an ongoing process for me.

"With Alabama, it's all business," Tabor said. "They are a winning program who just win ball games. Coach [Nick] Saban has a history with defensive backs and he knows what it takes to get to the league. I know if I go there I will have a huge shot to play in the NFL.

"Arizona is an up and coming program. It's the west coast. I think coach [Rich] Rodriguez has done a great job with that program. They were in the gutter when he got there. He is now getting the kids."

On Thursday, Tabor chose to attend Arizona, becoming the Wildcats' highest ranked commit since Robert Golden.

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