The Jalen Tabor era at Arizona was supposed to be a memorable one.
Instead, it lasted just seven days.
Tabor, a five-star cornerback from Washington D.C., decommitted from Arizona on Thursday morning and immediately pledged to Florida. Tabor committed to Arizona on Jan. 2 during the Under Armour All-America Game on ESPN, giving the UA one of its highest rated recruits in program history.
“When I went on my visit, there was just a lot of family atmosphere type stuff,” Tabor said on ESPN when he committed to Arizona. “They play for each other down there and I feel like I can go in and provide a spark right away.”
A week later, Tabor apparently changed his mind.
His mother, Marie, confirmed Tabor’s commitment to Florida in a text message to ESPN.com on Thursday morning.
“It’s definitely correct. Jalen will be a Florida Gator,” Marie wrote. “Final decision.”
Tabor officially visited Florida, Arizona, Alabama and Maryland. On Christmas day, he trimmed his list to Arizona and Alabama, before choosing the Wildcats last week.
Tabor was expected to enroll at the UA next week for the spring semester and be with the Wildcats for spring drills. Instead, he’ll do the same for Florida and begin his career there.
Tabor was supposed to arrive at Arizona with good friend and high school teammate Jonathan Haden, who committed to the UA in May. Haden, a three-star running back, will still enroll at the UA next week.
Haden tweeted about Tabor’s decision Thursday morning.
“Think 100 times before you make a decision. But once that decision is taken, stand by it as one man,” Haden wrote.
He also wrote: “Great decision! Be happy! Just wish it was done differently …”
Tabor is rated as a five-star prospect by Rivals.com and as a four-star by both ESPN.com and Scout.com. The cornerback did not return calls from the Star seeking comment.
Even with Tabor’s flip, the Wildcats still have the 15th -best recruiting class in the country according to Scout. The recruiting service has the UA’s 28-man recruiting class as the second best in the Pac-12 behind Arizona State.
Fischer has surgery
Jake Fischer tweeted Thursday morning that he underwent surgery on his right leg to “remove a screw, clean out debris, and remove scar tissue.”
The linebacker, who just completed his eligibility at the UA, battled injuries all season, but still finished as the team’s leading tackler with 99 stops.
Fischer was named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Bowl Team on Thursday for his performance against Boston College in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.
Against the Eagles, Fischer had 14 tackles, including 1ƒ for losses and a sack. He helped the UA defense hold All-America running back Andre Williams to 75 yards rushing.
Fischer was the only UA player on SI’s All-Bowl team.
Carey’s big weekend
Ka’Deem Carey has all Arizona fans on the edge of their seats waiting to hear if he’ll declare for May’s NFL draft or return for his senior season.
It may be a few more days before the running back states his intention.
Carey, who received a second-round grade from the NFL draft advisory board, traveled to New Haven, Conn., this weekend for the “Walter Camp Weekend.” Carey was named a first-team Walter Camp All-American last month.
The running back, who traveled to Connecticut for the festivities last year as well, will take part in different events before being honored at a dinner Saturday night with the other first-team All-Americans.
The trip to Connecticut could postpone an announcement from Carey until early next week. The running back has until Jan. 15 to announce his intentions. There have already been 14 underclassmen running backs to declare for the draft.