With Maryland having 10 commits thus far in the 2014 recruiting class, coach Randy Edsall and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley look to now secure their top targets.
Friendship Collegiate Academy cornerback Jalen Tabor is one of the main priorities for the staff. During this past summer, Tabor announced that his top four schools were Maryland, Alabama, Florida, and Vanderbilt in no particular order. On Tuesday morning, he tweeted that he would take his five official visits to Maryland, Alabama, Florida, Arizona, and USC (Southern California), dropping Vanderbilt from his list.
While the overwhelming belief is that he will become a Terp on January 2, Maryland has very stiff competition that cannot be taken lightly. On game days, Alabama and Florida does not compare to game day at Byrd, let’s be honest. Maryland will have to sell a new, rising program, early playing time, academics and stardom to Tabor, which are all main reasons why he loves Maryland. Who gets the last official visit for Tabor will be something to keep an eye on, but the Terps certainly look like they are in good shape.
For the longest time, Tabor was a four-star prospect because scouts feared he did not possess stellar speed. He dropped to 41 in the Rival rankings and it looked as if the hype was just truly hype. However, in each highlight tape, camp, and workout, scouts raved over Tabor’s ability to bat down any ball and shut down his receivers. In all honesty, Tabor is the playmaker on defense that wide receiver Stefon Diggs is on offense. As Maryland’s secondary played well thus far in this season, having Tabor and freshman cornerback Will Likely will likely (pun alert) give Maryland an elite secondary heading into the B1G.
When the Friendship Collegiate Academy cornerback was a sophomore, he was arguably the biggest fan of the stay-home movement. He tweeted that if all of the players in the DMV stayed at home and played for Maryland, then the Terps would become a powerhouse. At the time, that seemed like a fantasy. However, since 2012 when Locksley was hired, the Terps have landed 10 players from local powerhouses, including Good Counsel, Gilman, and Friendship Collegiate Academy.
Momentum has shifted and the outlook is much more positive. With Maryland starting out 4-0 this year, continuing to win will be the key to landing elite prospects like Tabor and Bishop McNamara offensive lineman Damian Prince. Over seven to eight wins plus a bowl game will be the biggest factor, as winning is the key for all the recruits. Tabor strives for the attention that Diggs receives from Maryland fans, so it would make perfect sense for Tabor to announce his commitment to Maryland during the Under Armour All-American game on January 2.