Arizona Wildcats football: 5-star cornerback picks Arizona over Alabama

2014-01-02T15:36:00Z 2014-01-02T18:40:37Z Arizona Wildcats football: 5-star cornerback picks Arizona over AlabamaDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Superman is coming to Tucson.

Five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor, a product of Edison-Friendship High School in Washington D.C., verbally committed to Arizona this afternoon during the Under Armour All-American Game on ESPN.

Tabor chose the UA over Alabama.

The UA is hoping the cornerback, who has a large Superman tattoo on his chest, will bring some super hero qualities to the Wildcats.

Tabor is ranked as the 15th best recruit in the country by ESPN.com, No. 24 by Rivals.com and No. 38 by Scout. Rivals has Tabor as a five-star recruit, while ESPN.com and Scout have Tabor rated as a four-star.

Whatever the ranking, Tabor’s commitment is a huge pull for the Wildcats.

Tabor is the highest-rated Rivals player to commit to the UA in at least the last 12 years. He’s the highest rated Scout player to pledge to the Wildcats since Robert Golden, ranked No. 37, signed with Arizona in 2008.

Since landing Golden, the Wildcats haven’t had a player ranked in Scout’s top 200 commit to play in Tucson.

Tabor, along with high school teammate and UA running back commit Jonathan Haden, officially visited Arizona in November for the Washington State game. Tabor was hosted on his visit by safety Will Parks and receiver Cayleb Jones; he said then the Wildcats were a major player in his recruitment.

“I loved it out there,” Tabor told the Star after his visit. “Will and Cayleb are two tremendous guys, who are like my best friends now. I got to see all the ins-and-outs of the program and just really liked what I saw.”

Tabor is expected to enroll at the UA later this month and be with the team for spring drills.

The cornerback is highest rated of Arizona's 28 commitments for 2014.

The UA now has a five-star recruit to go with five four-star recruits: Cameron Denson, Nick Wilson, Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb. Last year’s recruiting class had just three four-star recruits.

Check back to StarNet later today for more on Tabor’s decision, and read more in Friday's Arizona Daily Star. 

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About this blog

Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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