November 3, 2012; College Park, MD, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall prior to the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Tabor Announces Top Two

The coveted 2014 cornerback Jalen Tabor looks as if he is quite high on the Terps, as he recently announced that Maryland, along with the Florida Gators, are the two schools that stand out the most in his top five.

As we all remember, Tabor embraced the new “Stay Home Movement” fever around the same time Maryland began heavily recruiting local phenom and current Terp Stefon Diggs. Then, Tabor’s recruitment blew up and he began receiving offers from just about every school in the country.

This past fall, Tabor released his top eight schools, and Maryland initially made the list. Almost immediately, conflicting reports surfaced that Tabor may have dropped Maryland. The next morning, Tabor confirmed via text message that he replaced Maryland with Virginia Tech in his top eight schools, and the initial optimism of seeing Tabor in a Maryland Pride uniform turned into a longshot dream. Comparing then to now, it’s safe to say a lot has changed.

We all knew that when Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley was hired, recruiting would immediately improve. Tabor is undoubtedly high (arguably the highest) on the recruiting board for the Edsall and company. Looking at our secondary, it would be an understatement to say Tabor would make a monumental impact on defense. Tabor possesses great size, reliable catching ability, blazing speed, and some of the best footwork in the country, so it’s no surprise he’s among the top in the country. Maryland already has freshman Will Likely and Jacquille Veii, but Tabor would elevate the secondary to a status that would rival even the best in the nation.

Tabor’s 247 profile would indicate that Florida is the heavy favorite. Although the only Maryland prediction is from Terp writer Jeff Ermann, the predictions don’t tell just how much Tabor praises Maryland. It’s difficult to visit Florida’s campus and not be impressed with its abundant palm trees, beautiful campus, great coaching staff, monstrous stadium, and its success in the superior SEC. However, as many fans across the country can attest to, growing up and watching a team religiously your whole life will give you an unconditional love and attachment for that team, no matter how many ups and downs you endure during that time.

I believe this unconditional love is in Tabor. Combined with an abundance of early playing time, the ability to write his own legacy, and proximity to his home, will eventually lead him to College Park, where he’ll wear the Maryland Pride jersey as many have hoped for a long time now. It will certainly be a close, stressful recruitment for Terp fans as well as Tabor, as he has many great opportunities presented to himself. Still, Edsall and Locksley have made it this far coming off of a 4-8 record. With a vastly improved upcoming season, Tabor will certainly take notice, and I would expect his commitment by the Under Armor game in January.

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  • Matt

    There was another local guy who was once deciding between Florida and the Terps (and OSU). Stefon Diggs. A lot of similarities between Diggs and Tabor. Tabor has said on numerous occasions that he wants to “help start something special at Maryland”, and that he’s “bringing people with him too”. He’s got the same fire and local pride in him that Diggs does. This kid is going to be a Terp, and god willing it causes more big dominos to fall. If Maryland is going to turn the tide on local recruiting, now is the time with Penn State being buried in sanctions.

    • TerrapinStationMD

      It’s fantastic that Maryland has the entire Stay Home Movement working in their favor, because their on-field product hasn’t been the best. That’s expected to change this year at the perfect time. Florida has going for it some major prestige, but they also are getting some bad pub from this Aaron Hernandez cover-up.

      Tabor has mentioned in some comments how he would love an Under Armor endorsement deal, too. So there’s that. Thanks for reading!

    • Ahmed Ghafir

      100% agree. It’s going to be a while until his announcement, but he will be a Terp when it’s all said and done.

  • Obafemi

    Jalen Tabor will be the Maryland version of Lebron James. home time kid stays home. And lifts his hometown team into national level and wins a ton of games for us.