Five-star Jalen Tabor has said all along that he wanted to shock the world. The defensive back out of Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate Academy did that when he committed to Arizona live at the Under Armour All-America Game and he did it again on Thursday morning when he flipped to Florida.
"It really came down to distance from home," said the 6-foot-1, 186-pound Tabor. "I talked with my family after I made the decision to go to Arizona. We felt that it was a better decision to play closer to home."
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Tabor was unsure of his decision leading up to his initial commitment to Arizona but things really changed for him a few days later.
"I talked with Florida after the decision and I had a long talk with them about the opportunity there," he said. "I really like coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson)."
Shocking the world has been a theme throughout Tabor's recruitment but that wasn't on his mind when he made this final decision.
"It came down to a family decision and a gut feeling that Florida was the place I wanted to be," Tabor said.
Tabor is very close with the Haden family. Jonathan Haden, Tabor's teammate, is committed to Arizona, which was one of the original reasons he committed to Arizona. Now he is following in the footsteps of former Gator All-American Joe Haden.
Tabor is expected to enroll at Florida on Monday with his family's full support.
Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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