Tabor, who spent three seasons wearing Gator blue, didn't make his decision known in a brief post to social media, but instead with a lengthy article published to The Players' Tribune. Tabor had a lot of things to say, and a lot of people to acknowledge.
"I write to you today to say that I'm ready to begin the next chapter in my life. I have decided to forgo my senior year and declare for the NFL draft," Tabor wrote. "But I cannot say goodbye without first saying thank you. I am forever grateful for the University of Florida and every member of the amazing Gator community."
Tabor was a force for the Gators' strong defense this season, totaling 33 tackles and four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown against Missouri on Oct. 15.
The junior thanked the coaching staff at Florida, asserting that without their experience and guidance, "I'd be half the athlete I am today."
Tabor also gave a parting salute to the young men he went to battle with throughout this past season.
"For the fellas that I ran out of the tunnel with this year, I'll never forget the ride we went on," Tabor wrote. "Being a part of this team has been a true honor and I am proud to say you are all my brothers."
With Tabor officially heading for the pros, the defensive back is ranked by many as a potential top-10 pick, and could find himself thrust into a prominent role in the NFL sooner rather than later.
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