Superstar recruit Jalen Tabor hasn’t been on the University of Florida’s campus long, but he’s already finding himself in headlines. Unfortunately it’s not for reasons that Will Muschamp or the Gators would like.
According to a report from Thomas Goldkamp of 247 Sports, Tabor was cited with a misdemeanor for marijuana possession on May 27. A small bag totaling less than 20 grams was found on him during a vehicle search in Gainesville, FL.
“A probable cause search of [the defendant] yielded a small baggie of cannabis which fell out of his shorts when [the defendant] exited the vehicle,” according to the police report.
Tabor has already settled the misdemeanor, opting for deferred prosecution. He was forced to pay a $100 prosecution fee, either a $150 fine or 12 hours community service, and will have to avoid any additional run-ins with the law for six months.
Muschamp commented on Tabor’s situation, stating, “Jalen has faced consequences for his actions and is very remorseful. He is aware that this is not how we represent the University of Florida.”
The 6’1, 186-pound Washington, D.C. native was one of the most highly-coveted recruits in the nation for 2014. He was ranked as the No. 3 cornerback and No. 10-overall recruit, according to Rivals.com. Tabor was Muschamp’s highest-ranked prospect in the Gators’ class, and is battling for a starting position in the defensive backfield as a freshman.