Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy safety Jalen Tabor is one of the top defensive backs in the country for the 2014 class. He has always been very thoughtful when it comes to his recruitment and, with all of the changes on the college football landscape, the 6-foot, 181-pounder has named a new top ten. He previously had a top seven but decided to drop some schools and add others.
"I'm going into my senior year so it's time to get down to business. My top ten schools, in no order, are Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, South Carolina and Notre Dame."
The four-star cornerback broke down the ten schools that are in the best shape to land his commitment.
Alabama -- "You can't go wrong with Alabama, it speaks for itself. Coach Saban is one of the best, if not the best defensive coach in the country and he's been to the NFL."
Florida -- "I'm really cool with Coach White, Coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) and Coach Muschamp. I like what they're doing down there and how they're finishing games. I like that they never give up or quit and that's what you need in a winner."
Tennessee -- "Even with the coaching change, I just feel like they're still a school that could stay in my top group. I feel like I can still go there and play. They have great facilities. I just feel like I can go there and make an impact right away."
Maryland -- It's just the hometown school. If I stay near home all my family and everyone can go see my games. I feel like I can really help them move on and get to that next level of going to bowl games. I also like the move to the Big Ten."
North Carolina -- "The coaching staff is showing a lot of interest in me. They feel as though I can really help them. It helps that the school's coaches are really showing a lot of interest in me because they aren't in the SEC and not close to home. They're showing me that they really want me to be a Tar Heel and I really like that. My relationship with the coaching staff there is really good and I feel like I can go there and play."
Clemson -- "Coach Venables and Coach Swinney always have a good program. They very spiritual and the academics are great."
Oklahoma -- "I grew up watching Oklahoma football and Coach Stoops has done a wonderful job there. He's been doing it for a long time down there. I love the way their defensive backs play and it's just a school that I really like right now."
Ohio State -- "Coach Urban Meyer and everything they've done, going undefeated in his first year, is unheard of. If it weren't for last year, they'd be in the national championship right now. It speaks to what he's doing with that program. I just want to be in a program where you win on and off the field. Even though they have 3 cornerback commits in this year's class, I still really like them."
South Carolina -- "Coach Mangus is showing a lot of interest in me. They were one of the first schools that recruited me. They play in the SEC, on prime time TV every week. I have really looked at their depth chart yet but it's a really intriguing school right now."
Notre Dame -- "That coaching staff is showing a lot of interest. They always make it around to come see me. I like what they're doing and how they play with a high tempo and with a fast pace. They have one of the best defenses in the country and are in the national championship in this coaching staff's third year so that says a lot about what the coaches are doing. They have the have the highest graduation rate for African-American males and they graduate 97% of their players."
One school that has been connected with Tabor for a long time has been Auburn and they are noticeably absent from his top ten.
"Auburn dropped because of the coaching change," he explained. "I haven't talked to the new coaches yet."
Tabor has not set up any visits yet.