Dohn talks three Northeast Gator Prospects

Tabor

A national power for some time now, Florida recruits the entire country and has recently done well in the Northeast. To that end, Scout.com's Northeast recruiting analyst Brian Dohn chimes in on a trio of prospects the Gators are after. Dohn has a firm grip on the area and the big time prospects that lie within.

The biggest name on the board for Florida in the region is cornerback Jalen Tabor of Washington (DC Edison-friendship. At 6-2 and 195 pounds he is a primo for what Florida is looking for in a corner and Dohn likes him as a player too.

"Tabor is a big, physical cornerback who can jam a player at the line of scrimmage and can handle bigger receivers," Dohn said. "He is a long strider but also very loose in the hips. His length and ability to close on a ball make him a complete cover guy. He also plays with a ton of confidence, and is the type of player who is so smooth it sometimes looks effortless in what he does. He also loves to compete."

The Gators have seemingly been in front for a while for Tabor, but others are closing hard.

"For a long time I thought Florida was the team to beat, and I think the Gators are still in good standing," Dohn said. "However, he is frequently visiting Maryland's campus and that means he is building strong relationships with the players and coaches there. To me, the Terps went from being a school getting a look because of proximity to a real contender."

Who else is there?

"I think Maryland and Vanderbilt are the top competition (for the Gators), but I never sleep on Alabama because of coach Nick Saban and his ability to recruit."

Receiver Curtis Samuel is 6-0 and 185 pounds and out of Brooklyn (NY) Erasmus Hall. Dohn believes that Samuel is a big time overall athlete.

"I first liked him as a running back, but then saw him in 7-on-7s and combines look very good as a receiver and safety," Dohn said of Samuel. "He has size and explosion, and he is elusive to the point where he gets the ball in space and can make people miss. If he gets a seam, he has get-to-the-end zone ability. As a safety, he reads plays well in front of him and drives on the ball.

It seems the Gators chances are slim.

"At this point, they are not good," he said of the chance Florida could land the electric athlete. " It will take a big move from Samuel for the Gators to be a factor. He put out a top five of Rutgers, Miami, Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio State."

"Rutgers and Miami are the big ones right now. Rutgers is local and there is a part of me that doesn't think Samuel wants to leave home. He also likes Miami a lot, and there are a ton of flights from New York to South Florida to get there in a hurry."

The last prospect to talk about is a recent visitor to Florida and a guy at a position that is always needed. Defensive tackle Thomas Holley is a big time prospect in the area.

"Holley is raw but powerful and explosive," Dohn said. "He is a converted basketball player with eight games of varsity experience, but he plays low, runs well, is strong and quick off the snap of the ball. He is a 3-technique player who can get up the field in a hurry, and he also can pursue plays from behind."

So where does Florida stand in the mix for Holley?

"It is too early to tell because Holley is in the midst of making visits," Dohn said. "He was at Florida, Miami and Florida State (two weeks ago) and (visited) Ohio State and Notre Dame last weekend. He also has been to Rutgers and Penn State.

"If Alabama stays interested, it will be tough to beat the Tide. Notre Dame is another option because of its mix of academics and athletics, and the fact former Abraham Lincoln High defensive end Ishaq Williams is there and speaks very highly of the school to Holley."

Stay tuned as we head to North Carolina and Virginia with Michael Clark in our next group of prospects to consider.

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