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Saturday, December 28, 2013
ESPN 300 corner Tabor down to two

By Gerry Hamilton

ORLANDO, Fla. -- With less than a week before he is scheduled to announce his college choice, cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy), the 15th-ranked prospect in the nation, said he is closing in on his final decision.

Holding a laundry list of offers and having considered many of the top programs in the country, the 6-foot-1, 188-pound prospect said only two remain. He will announce his commitment during the 2014 Under Armour All-American Game (Jan. 2, 4 p.m. ET, ESPN).

"I'm down to two right now," Tabor said Friday evening. "It's Arizona and Alabama, and I'm just taking it all in right now."

A Dec. 13 official visit to Alabama answered any questions the long-armed corner might have had about the Crimson Tide.

"Great program, probably the best program in the country," he said. "It's easy to see why they win games and win championships. They were a field goal return away from probably another national championship. Like I said, probably the best program in the country."

A surprise in the final two is Arizona, which passed hometown Maryland and early favorite Florida.

Tabor sees the chance to be a difference-maker from Day 1 at Arizona, who has teammate Jonathan Haden committed.

"Arizona is an upstart program," he said. "It's somewhere I could see myself being and being a difference maker."

As is the case for most prospects, telling programs, "No," is very difficult. This is especially the case for Tabor, as one school has recruited him the longest, and the other was an early favorite.

"It's been real tough," he said. "Maryland has been recruiting me for a good while, and I really like Florida. Those are the two schools I just recently told no, and that is tough."

Tabor has a number of deciding factors at play, with one being where he truly wants to spend the next three or four years of his life.

"It's where I want to go to school at, and where I want to be," he said. "You know, that's the thing that gets lost in recruiting, is where do you really want to go to school?"

Tabor officially visited Maryland on Nov. 8, Arizona on Nov. 15, Florida on Dec. 7 and Alabama on Dec. 13.