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.
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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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