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Five-star Florida freshman cited for marijuana possession in May

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Name: Jalen Tabor
Class: 2014
From: Washington D.C.
College: Florida (Signed LOI)
NFL: N/A

The top-rated player in Florida’s 2014 recruiting class was cited for marijuana possession.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, cornerback Jalen Tabor – a five-star recruit who was ranked as the No. 10 overall prospect in the country by Rivals -- was cited by Gainesville Police on May 27 for misdemeanor marijuana possession. The citation first became public on Monday.

The 18-year-old was reportedly in a vehicle which was stopped at 1:54 a.m. According to a police report, the vehicle was stopped because the scent of marijuana was detected. When Tabor exited the vehicle, “a small bag of marijuana” fell from his shorts.

Tabor has already been disciplined by head coach Will Muschamp and the university, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“Jalen has faced consequences for his actions and is very remorseful,” Muschamp said. “He is aware that this is not how we represent the University of Florida.”

The 6-foot, 193-pound Tabor enrolled at Florida in January and is expected to compete right away for a starting role alongside sophomore Vernon Hargreaves, an all-SEC performer in 2013. At SEC Media Days on Monday, Hargreaves said he expects the freshman to make an immediate impact in 2014.

“I love Jalen. He’s a great player. He has great confidence already. I’m excited to see what he does this year,” Hargreaves said.

Tabor, a native of Washington D.C., originally verbally committed to Arizona before flipping to Florida in January.

For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

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