Alabama is frontrunner for 4-star TE, who also likes UGA

Nick Saban (AP)

Alabama is the frontrunner for the state's No. 9 overall prospect (AP)

Alabama is the frontrunner for Greg Taboada, one of the state’s top 10 uncommitted football prospects.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end from Marist high school also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of following a family tradition and attending UGA.

Taboada is ranked by ESPN as the state’s No. 9 overall prospect.

“I’m just kind of focused on my senior season right now,” Taboada told the AJC. “Alabama is pretty much at the top, with Vanderbilt, Virginia, Florida State and South Carolina right behind.”

Why is Alabama the leader? “I’ve gone on some visits, and in talking with Coach [Nick Saban], it’s a solid program. Their players don’t get into trouble, their players go to school and they don’t have off-the-field problems. It’s just a solid program. [Assistant Chris Rumph] has been awesome, and every time I go up there I feel comfortable. Obviously, you know if you go to Alabama, you’ll have the chance to win some big ballgames, and that’s pretty cool.”

Has Taboada thought about committing early? “When I started the recruiting process, I was hoping I could use my football to help me get a good degree. Obviously, Alabama doesn’t have the highest degree. But then I thought about it, and playing for Coach Saban, with all the exposure you get from playing for him, it’s almost like having a good degree. But I’m still kind of waiting for Stanford a little bit. I don’t want to commit too soon, so that Stanford would that think they lost me if they’re still interested. So that’s what is kind of holding me back.”

Then there’s UGA.

Taboada’s older brother, Ignacio Taboada, played tennis at UGA and finished up his stellar career last spring. Greg really started liking the Bulldogs during his visits to see his brother play tennis, and was hoping to earn a football scholarship. The younger Taboada attended UGA camp this summer but pulled his hamstring while running the 40-yard dash before he could get fully evaluated. The injury also limited his participation the following week at Stanford’s camp.

TE Greg Taboada injured his hamstring at UGA camp before he could be fully evaluated (AJC)

TE Greg Taboada injured his hamstring at UGA camp before he could be fully evaluated (AJC)

In the meantime, UGA offered another tight end, Thomson High School’s Jordan Davis, who quickly committed to the Bulldogs.

“I was definitely hoping for an offer from UGA,” Taboada said. “It would be cool to play close to home, I love the area, and it would be cool to follow my bother there. But I think they might’ve just been looking for a different type of tight end, and I think someone already committed to them. As of right now, I don’t think Georgia will offer. I haven’t talked with them too much lately, and I really don’t want to be too pushy. So I don’t think it will happen.”

What if UGA did decide to offer? “It would be up there at the top, no doubt,” he said.

A little background on Greg: Both of his parents are from Spain. He is a late bloomer to football, giving the sport a try as a seventh grader. He has a 3.7 GPA and will likely major in Business if he goes to Alabama, or Computer Science at Stanford.

Taboada hasn’t set up a timeline for his decision: “I was going to wait until halfway through the season and send game film to Stanford and see what they think. If I still don’t have an offer from them, and no other schools like Georgia pop up, I will probably commit around that time.”

Taboada prefers to play tight end in college but is open to the idea of playing defensive end, too.

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153 comments Add your comment

The Bear

August 28th, 2012
9:09 am

Roll Tide…… Sounds like a good one!

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2012
9:10 am

Not exactly a ringing endorsement for Alabama academics. It sounds like he basically wants to major in Sabanology. Not to bash Bama as they’re a good school but unless you have serious NFL aspirations, take the Stanford offer if you get one.

aizdaman

August 28th, 2012
9:12 am

Dawgs don’t need him we got lynch, rome, and jordan davis plus Greg isn’t really athletic.

Hertz Flea and Tick Collar

August 28th, 2012
9:13 am

“Their players don’t get into trouble, their players go to school and they don’t have off-the-field problems”. I guess you’re like the rest of your generation young man you like to blame everyone else for problems except yourself. The “off-the field” problems are not the coaches fault, theres this little term called personal accountability that I guess they dont teach in school anymore.

Dave

August 28th, 2012
9:15 am

UGA doesn’t need any tight ends. Good luck to where ever he decides to sign. UGA needs to just stock pile linemen on the O and D. No such thing as having too many of them. I’d say we are pretty much set at running back and QB (with Hutson, LaMay, Brice Ramsey) for at least one recruiting cycle. I’d like for one year concentrate on the big uglies and sign as many as we can, recruiting ranking be damned.

AnnapolisDawg

August 28th, 2012
9:15 am

I hope Stanford sees something in you and your dreams come true. Good luck with your future and CPJ might want to take a look at this young man.

bill

August 28th, 2012
9:18 am

Yeah, he is a 3 star. ESPN recruiting rankings are a joke

Old Boy

August 28th, 2012
9:19 am

“Obviously, Alabama doesn’t have the highest degree.” Very surprised to hear that from a recruit who is thinking about committing there. Everyone knows that college football has little to do with academics, but it is rare when a high schooler admits it.

Flo - Ri - Duh

August 28th, 2012
9:20 am

Bummer players don’t get in to trouble because the police dept has Saban on speed dial. ” Gnome what you want me to do with this kid smoking pot and driving THIS TIME?” Funny comments regarding Bmmer’s lack of academics. “Alabama OBVIOUSLY doesn’t have the best academics but playing for Saban is ALMOST like going to a school with good academics.” Hilarious……. what a put down. UGA doesn’t have room for him no – one TE is all they need.

Dave

August 28th, 2012
9:20 am

Trolls will always say how UGA lets all of these recruits go outside of GA, but there is a difference between 1) “We want him”, 2) “It’d be nice to have him, but not a need.” and “We’ll pass.” No one can sign them all and GA has so many upper tier recruits that if we ditched the entire team and signed 85 freshmen, we still couldn’t get every single one of the good ones. Just let the trolls vomit their stuff…

Sven Ottke

August 28th, 2012
9:37 am

So what you’re saying here is that the kid was asked who his top likes were as schools and Georgia wasn’t even in his top 5. Hmmmm. Interesting, misleading headline.

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2012
9:42 am

Not sure what you don’t get Sven. He says that if Georgia offered, they’d be at the top of his list. Obviously then, he “likes” them. Doesn’t mean it’s reciprocated.

Slinky

August 28th, 2012
9:43 am

Flo – Ri – Duh

August 28th, 2012
9:20 am
Bummer players don’t get in to trouble because the police dept has Saban on speed dial. ” Gnome what you want me to do with this kid smoking pot and driving THIS TIME?” Funny comments regarding Bmmer’s lack of academics. “Alabama OBVIOUSLY doesn’t have the best academics but playing for Saban is ALMOST like going to a school with good academics.” Hilarious……. what a put down. UGA doesn’t have room for him no – one TE is all they need

Once again YOUR ignorance, lack of class, pure hatred, an overabundant jealousy of Alabama is YOUR OWN Cancer.

JB

August 28th, 2012
9:44 am

mixed signals….He say’s he hopes they offer….Then say’s they ( UGA) would be right there on top. I think 90% of Georgia commits meet with Richt privately while on campus at camp or whatever and the deal is struck there. Yes, there are exceptions of players we really want like everyone and you have to put the offer out there. don’t think this young man fits that category.

haha

August 28th, 2012
9:46 am

he pulled a hammy running a 40 yard dash. ha ha ha :) . what good is TE with bad wheels?

major in business if he goes to AL, CS if he goes to stanford. WTF kind of decision is that?

bucket

August 28th, 2012
9:46 am

@ Sven – nice try, but read the article before resorting to your default setting of “UGA Obsession Disorder”. Here, I’ll help you, “Taboada hasn’t set up a timeline for his decision: “I was going to wait until halfway through the season and send game film to Stanford and see what they think. If I still don’t have an offer from them, and no other schools like Georgia pop up, I will probably commit around that time.”

Terry

August 28th, 2012
9:52 am

“I was definitely hoping for an offer from UGA,” Taboada said. “It would be cool to play close to home, I love the area, and it would be cool to follow my bother there. But I think they might’ve just been looking for a different type of tight end, and I think someone already committed to them. As of right now, I don’t think Georgia will offer. I haven’t talked with them too much lately, and I really don’t want to be too pushy. So I don’t think it will happen.”

What if UGA did decide to offer? “It would be up there at the top, no doubt,” he said.

bucket

August 28th, 2012
9:53 am

Also, Taboada obviously ranked his top 5 according to the schools he already has offers from. Judging by the list I would say he is probably a good player, but there are apparently two schools he would still like an offer from, Stanford and UGA.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 28th, 2012
10:07 am

AnnapolisDawg……………..Tech doesn’t have TE’s and we have a good set of DE’s coming.

ignition

August 28th, 2012
10:10 am

WIth Alabama being an embarrassment when it comes to academics (like most SEC schools) he should open up to colleges in the Big 10 & ACC.. Michigan is a great school for academics, so is UNC and Virginia. I hope it works out for him and Stanford gives him a call. I wouldn’t be suprised that if UCLA were to offer he would take it.

A person SMART enough to know.....

August 28th, 2012
10:11 am

Hertz Flea and Tick Collar
August 28th, 2012
9:13 am

“Their players don’t get into trouble, their players go to school and they don’t have off-the-field problems”. I guess you’re like the rest of your generation young man you like to blame everyone else for problems except yourself. The “off-the field” problems are not the coaches fault, theres this little term called personal accountability that I guess they dont teach in school anymore.
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Maybe what he means is the players don’t run in packs to get in trouble cause they fear the coach. How many other Dwag players were riding with CROWELL? How many UT players were in the bar fight or Auburn players in the Robbery Gang? He knows the Bama players don’t talk each other into going out and doing something stupid to get in trouble over.

DawginLex

August 28th, 2012
10:15 am

What is missing from this once again misleading article is this:

UGA only wanted to sign 1 TE for this class and they have their guy.

Now question for TIDE ROLL??

How in God’s name do you explain UGA offering Jordan Davis(a black kid) over this lily white kid Taboada? Aren’t the UGA coaches racist?

Answer please.

DawginLex

August 28th, 2012
10:18 am

He knows the Bama players don’t talk each other into going out and doing something stupid to get in trouble over.
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This is laughable. I have a friend in T-town who was at the police station and saw 6 Bama players sitting in the waiting area. They got into trouble and got called into the back of the station behind closed doors. Nothing ever reported.

Terry

August 28th, 2012
10:19 am

A person SMART enough to know….., It wouldn’t matter if y’all did need a TE, he would not play at Tech, he’s a Dawg in heart, just hasn’t gotten an offer.

DAWGFAN

August 28th, 2012
10:22 am

Interesting………….ESPN ranks him the #9 prospect in GA while Rivals rank him #67 in Ga.

DOSTADAWG

August 28th, 2012
10:25 am

I hope he gets his offer from Stanford b/c I dont think we want him. He really doesnt want to be a DAWG.

Jam Kenp

August 28th, 2012
10:25 am

How in God’s name do you explain UGA offering Jordan Davis(a black kid) over this lily white kid Taboada? Aren’t the UGA coaches racist?

No maybe the black kid has the higher IQ?

Blackoutanyone?

August 28th, 2012
10:25 am

Would be very surprised if he has a commitable offer from Bama. Can’t see three TE’s in this class. Probably the back up plan if Mcneil can’t qualify. He sounds as though he is frustrated that the staff is slow playing him.

DUMBFAN

August 28th, 2012
10:27 am

Let’s see if Rivals ranks him higher I like Rivals, if ESPN ranks him higher I like ESPN.

Will B

August 28th, 2012
10:41 am

I believe Greg is being looked at as an athlete by some schools. Not just a TE. Bama might already have two TE’s but they could be looking at Greg as an OLB.

I was actually kind of hoping UGA would offer. Still I like Davis. Probably more upside at the TE position than Greg. Much more athletic.

For people questioning his ranking just look at his offer sheet. Bama, FSU, and others. That tells you more than the rankings. This is a quality prospect.

zbulldawg

August 28th, 2012
10:52 am

Where does he have offers from ? Did I miss something here ? Excuse me now UGA is recruiting by color of skin . Please help these people lord ! LOL UGA & LSU are straight up & open about what goes on with our players , there is nothing hidden That’s what they call “BEING HONEST” Keep talking Bama fans, that bulleye just keeps getting bigger !! Better quit thinking about them DAWGS start thinking about them Wolverenes. The BIG DAWG gonna EAT they might TOO

zbulldawg

August 28th, 2012
10:55 am

Great job mc now your creating a racist site !

GATiger

August 28th, 2012
10:59 am

Don’t go to UGA if you want to win kid!

Taco Meat

August 28th, 2012
11:02 am

Dawg fan here. If he’s really serious about academics, then he should take a harder look at Vandy. UGA has one TE committed, but Bama has 2- McNeil and O.J. Howard- both of whom are ranked higher than Taboada. Unless he’s willing to change positions at Bama, then I don’t think that’s a smart move.

Slim

August 28th, 2012
11:16 am

DawginLex

August 28th, 2012
10:18 am
He knows the Bama players don’t talk each other into going out and doing something stupid to get in trouble over.
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This is laughable. I have a friend in T-town who was at the police station and saw 6 Bama players sitting in the waiting area. They got into trouble and got called into the back of the station behind closed doors. Nothing ever reported.

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Once again DawginLex is making up lies using the “my friend” saw broad stroke….grow up and be a man and move on when it comes to programs much much better than your beloved Bulldoggies.

Big Crimson 75

August 28th, 2012
11:18 am

Lex — you’re reaching dude.
Team discipline on Saturday’s mean more than team discipline during the off-season.
If your team has to worry about off-season issues, oh-well. Sorry for you.
I know how my team performs on Saturdays. Few penalties & fewer turn-overs.
I could care less about raising a bunch of Mother Teresa’s. That’s Mommy & Daddy’s job.

Slim

August 28th, 2012
11:20 am

DawginLex…what kind of “friends” do you have that hang around Police Stations? Everyone knows when you lose your way or your program screws up you make up lies and untruths to make yourself feel better. You are the Typical Sidewalk fan who played High School Football, was not good enough to play at a Div III School and now talk trash like you are some expert while your Dogs have not won a BCS title in 30 plus years, have had MORE arrest than ANY other school in the Country over the past 10 years while putting more players in the NFL over the past 10 Years without Winning a BCS title. You are pathetic.

DawginLex

August 28th, 2012
11:34 am

for your information, he is a resident of T-Town who was in the building taking care of paperwork related to the adoption of a child.

Call me a liar if that makes you feel good, but I’m not one

AnnapolisDawg

August 28th, 2012
11:37 am

@ Smart… My comment wasn’t a bash on CPJ, I actually think this kid will turn into a DE with the size he already has entering his senior year of high school. He obviously takes his academic career seriously and we all know there aren’t any guarantees for this year’s recruiting class until the LOI is signed in Feb.

With that said, I am interested to see how the Jackets fair against a team that has more than a week to prepare for their high school offense. Care to guess SMART?

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

August 28th, 2012
11:37 am

Interesting that Bama kids don’t get in trouble?!

The Bear

August 28th, 2012
11:40 am

He was in the police station taking care of adoption paperwork? Hmmmmmm…….

AnnapolisDawg

August 28th, 2012
11:41 am

DawginLex: Don’t let the clowns bring you down. They can try and twist the kid’s words all they want, but in the end Greg said it best, “But then I thought about it, and playing for Coach Saban, with all the exposure you get from playing for him, it’s almost like having a good degree.”

LOL – “it’s almost like having a good degree.” Classic!

king saban

August 28th, 2012
11:41 am

Bama already has a commit from the top tight end in the nation 5 star oj howard plus a commit from the #7 tight end a 4 star. We r loaded.

So dawginlex had a friend who just happened to be hanging out in the police station and there just happened to be 6 bama players in there. Actually what is laughable is this fictional story of yours. I cant believe u think people r stupid enough to believe that baloney story.

DawginLex

August 28th, 2012
11:41 am

So tell me slim, is T-town “Pleasantville”, like the movie?

I say 1 thing about your precious do no wrong tide and you personally attack me?

Is that pathetic or what?

I stand by my story. If you don’t like it or don’t believe it, that is your choice.

Otherwise you can take your holier than thou crapola and shove it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DawginLex

August 28th, 2012
11:42 am

king

I can’t believe you are stupid enough to worship a man.

king saban

August 28th, 2012
11:43 am

Dawginlex,

Dude you have no credibility aftèr that completely bogus story. None!

DawginLex

August 28th, 2012
11:45 am

king idiot

i don’t need credibility from an idiot like you. The story is the truth. He saw the players while he was in the building getting some paperwork taken care of. If you don’t believe it, fine. It doesn’t change the FACT that it happened and was never mentioned anywhere.

I’m done wallowing in the mud with a bunch of pigs

Blackoutanyone?

August 28th, 2012
11:53 am

Dwagnlex…. You come on here with some unsubstantiated BS story to sling mud then you get upset when people sling it back at you. Lol typical. You are one delusional leghumper.

The Bear

August 28th, 2012
11:55 am

Actually Bama is sitting pretty good at TE with OJ Howard on board, he is being compared to some pretty good TE’s in the NFL already. He is Big, Fast, excellent Blocker and has Great hands.

Big Crimson 75

August 28th, 2012
11:58 am

Lex is nervous. Give the guy a break. It’s a big week in dwagville. Buffalo’s got em worried!!