For the second straight year, Florida has flipped a Rivals.com five-star recruit during the week of early enrollment.
One week removed from his commitment to Arizona at the Under Armour All-America Game, cornerback Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy) pulled a shocker Thursday and chose to attend UF instead.
“If You Not A Gator You Gator Bait,” Tabor wrote on his Twitter account.
His flip-flop is similar to that of linebacker Alex Anzalone, who switched from Notre Dame to Florida the day before his early enrollment.
The Gators led for Tabor in the summer and hosted him on an official visit in early December, but the 6-foot-1, 186-pounder named Alabama and Arizona his finalists on Christmas.
Two days after picking the Wildcats, UF junior cornerback Marcus Roberson announced he would forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
That news, along with the closeness to home and his relationship with Florida coach Will Muschamp and assistant Travaris Robinson, proved to be the difference for the Gators.
UF now has 20 members in its 2014 class and eight enrollees with the addition of Tabor.
Now missing from the commitment list is cornerback Chris Lammons, who told ESPN he was backing off his pledge to the Gators, which he made nearly five months ago.
Judging by his tweets Thursday, the decision to reopen his recruitment appears to be the result of Tabor’s flip.
Florida also added the first member of its 2015 class Thursday with the commitment of Jacksonville Trinity Christian safety Deontai Williams.
The 6-foot-1, 181-pounder chose the Gators over Lousiville, North Carolina, Purdue, UCLA and Vanderbilt.
“I grew up a Florida fan,” Williams said. “I bleed orange and blue. So that’s why I committed to Florida.”