Greg Taboada: Stanford beats out Alabama for Georgia TE

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)

How often does Stanford — or anyone — beat out Alabama in recruiting? Not often.

Stanford edged Alabama for a Georgia tight end who some consider to be the state’s best at his position.

Greg Taboada, a 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Marist high school, picked Stanford over Alabama, among his other football scholarship offers. Taboada is ranked by ESPN as the state’s No. 9 overall prospect.

“I mean, it was a combination of things but just the new lifestyle and the position a degree from Stanford would put me in after four years,” Taboada told the AJC. “And the skill developing and record they have for tight ends speaks for itself.”

While thinking hard about playing at Alabama, Taboada was waiting to see if he would get an offer from Stanford. He finally got one from the prestigious California school about a month ago, and decided to commit on Sunday night.

“It just felt right, talking the coaches,” Taboada said. “And I wanted to clear my mind for the rest of the season.”
Toboada’s older brother was a star tennis player at UGA, and he had hoped to earn an offer from the Bulldogs. But UGA apparently filled up after Thomson High School’s Jordan Davis committed this past summer.




– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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37 comments Add your comment

Bill Walsh

October 30th, 2012
1:08 am

Take that, Saban! 1st?

Nick Saban

October 30th, 2012
1:10 am

Already loaded at TE buddy! Good luck to the kid and hope he gets his rocket science degree

June Jones

October 30th, 2012
1:11 am

What in the world is a Tight End?


October 30th, 2012
1:37 am

Well, Bama already has the #1 and #7 TE’s in the nation, according to Scout and Rivals, already commited to them. Think they will be happy with that.

Bama Fan#2

October 30th, 2012
6:13 am

Stanford is a great academic college!!
Alabama middle of the pack academic college but with the

Brown Dog

October 30th, 2012
7:51 am

Good luck to him. He was waiting on the Cardinal all along. Let’s dump that filing cabinet on the floor and figure out who’s going to get that slot.


October 30th, 2012
8:03 am

He obviously chose Stanford for the “easy Academics” and was probably scared of GT’s Elite Academics.

After all, that’s the party line whenever GT loses an Academically qualified Recruit to another school.

Yeah that’s it, he chose Stanford because he was seeking Liberal Arts.

I’ve said all along that there are “enough” Academically Qualified Recruits in the Metro Atlanta Area for GT to be a consistent 9-10 win Team, the problem is that GT is NOT an “attractive FB option” for most of these players and when they dump GT because they don’t find GT FB attractive enough the weasely segment of the GT fanbase accuses them of being scared of GT’s Elite Academics.

It adds up pretty quickly, we lose 4-6 each yr. to UGA, 2 or so each yr. to USCe, Tenn, and Auburn, 3 or so to Bama, 1 or 2 to ND and Stanford and before you know it, our ENTIRE Recruiting Class is made of up guys that were CPJ’s 2nd & 3rd choice.

This is how GT signs an entire Class of SUB-standard Recruits.


October 30th, 2012
9:14 am

If I had a choice between a degree from Alabama or Stanford I would take Stanford in a heartbeat.

Football for this guy will be over in 15 to 18 years. What will he do with the next 30 – 35 years of his life? Sit around and think about what was?

And this thought really applies to every person getting an opportunity for college. Always go to the best academic school that will admit you, that you can afford.

And as to GT. Since 1960 GT has a record of 329 – 269 – 10. Or put another way, in the last 52 years GT has won 54% of the football games it has played. Why would anyone think it would suddenly be any different? It is what it is.

22 SEC Titles

October 30th, 2012
9:23 am

Best Wishes young man and the Tide will Roll………..

Richt recruits inmates only

October 30th, 2012
9:57 am

Figures UGA would glaze over a good kid who excels in the classroom and doesn’t get arrested. I heard when Taboada visited UGA he didn’t even try to steal from players’ lockers. He just wouldn’t have been a fit.

Chi Town

October 30th, 2012
10:05 am

Puppy fans are scared and know whats coming for them on December 1st.


October 30th, 2012
10:31 am

Good luck to this young man.

Roll Tide


October 30th, 2012
10:52 am

Congrats to Taboada. Good kid, good family. Made a great choice from among great options. Go War Eagles (Marist, that is!)

Come On

October 30th, 2012
10:55 am

Cracks me up to hear the Bama fans stating that they are already loaded at TE. OK, sure, but for some reason Saban still wanted this young man. Are you now saying you know better than Saban? Be a stand-up man and wish the kid well, instead of pretending “we didn’t really want him anyway.”

Smart Choice

October 30th, 2012
11:00 am

Follows in the footsteps of some other good Atlanta-area players, such as James Vaughters and the kid from Woodward last year. Smart choice.

David C

October 30th, 2012
11:21 am

Pretty sure Bama already has 2 Committed TE. So I question if player had a scholarship offer he could commit to…


October 30th, 2012
11:37 am

ComeOn….this kid would have ended up at another position. We have OJ Howard and Josh McNeil so something tells me I will be ok.

Come On

October 30th, 2012
11:46 am

David C and SECisFootball: Howard and McNeil are more like big receivers than pure TEs. Taboada is a much better blocker. That is why the AL staff wanted him. Stop pretending they didn’t want him now that he has rejected AL.


October 30th, 2012
12:22 pm

This should have been an easy decision. I cannot name a single TE from Bama under Saban. However Stanford seems to breed high quality TEs. Im sure a Stanford Degree is just icing on the cake. Oh and who would want to live in Bama over Cali?

Its So Simple

October 30th, 2012
2:20 pm

If a recruit does not come to AL, then AL never wanted him and AL has someone better on the roster and coming. If that player later decides to come to AL, then he is the greatest to ever play the position.

Bama Time

October 30th, 2012
2:22 pm

Alabama needed him. OJ Howard may be (or not) at WR and Josh McNeil may decide to go somwhere. Taboada fit the blocking/receiving threat that could cause matchup issues desireable in Alabama’’s offense.


October 30th, 2012
2:24 pm

Great Kid from a Great high school. Good luck at Stanford. BAMA will do just fine. ROLL TIDE!


October 30th, 2012
3:25 pm

Looks like everyone is happy and the kid is going to a top tier academic school ….That degree won’t hurt him a bit either…
All good in the hood as they say….


October 30th, 2012
4:22 pm



October 30th, 2012
5:02 pm

John Gruden:

“@coachingsearch: Gruden: This 49ers team is as physical on both sides as anyone. They remind me of how Alabama plays.”

Making Our Point

October 30th, 2012
5:39 pm

Mike Quinn — STOP YELLING. If you don’t like “compitition”? Thanks for proving the point. I’m sure Stanford will provide competition on and off the field for any student.

Brown Dog

October 30th, 2012
9:35 pm

If this had been a mutual love affair, the engagement announcement would have appeared in this blog. Either he really wanted Stanford — his comments in the original story would lead you to think that — or Alabama was asking him to wait. Would love to have him, but we’re flush with plan B’s.


October 30th, 2012
9:37 pm

Good luck young man…

You couldn’t lose with either school…


October 31st, 2012
10:56 am

NO BIG DEAL if the guy chooses Stanford over Alabama.


October 31st, 2012
12:16 pm

Educate yourself, it’s all about the education, education, and did I mention, the education. Plus in my opinion, I’m from bottom of Louisiana, straight off a shrimp boat. I had the blessing of running at the Stanford track invitational in 2005. I absolutely feel in love with Palo Alto. Great choice in my mind.


October 31st, 2012
1:30 pm

Bama fan #2: Alabama might be middle of the road in academics in the state of Alabama, but compared to the rest of the world they are pretty much at the bottom. As for Greg…a great kid from a great school going to a great school. His future is in the real world, not in football fantasy land. Barely a D1 prospect, no threat to go pro, so if he can parlay his size and potential into a full ride at Stanford more power to him. Although smart, he would not have been able to get into Stanford on straight academics, but will do well once in.


October 31st, 2012
1:34 pm

What major will he pursue at Stanford?


October 31st, 2012
1:35 pm

Dawg1: How many doors do you really think a degree from Alabama will open?

This is the Truth

October 31st, 2012
3:29 pm

Competition at Alabama for the football players are 2 things. Spelling their name and naming their daddy.


October 31st, 2012
6:26 pm

Congrats to Greg and his family. Saw him play, he is a good one and wish him the best of luck at Stanford.

Just Saying

October 31st, 2012
7:04 pm

My bet is the average blogger on this site does not have a clue that Stanford is consistently named as one of the top 3 colleges in America in the big survey of college presidents. Stanford is right in there with Harvard and Yale. The other important point is the best all around college in America in athletics is Stanford……for at least the past 15 years they have won the Sears Cup and other awards for being the best. They are literally second to none in athletics and academics. No wonder a superstar from Marist would pick Stanford over Bama.

The Truth

November 1st, 2012
10:47 am

The Stanford Cardinal and the Alabama Crimson Tide are among the only FBS colleges whose nicknames do not end in “s”. I have it on very good authority that this young man decided to choose only among schools who fall in that group, which is by schools like Vanderbilt and Oregon, where he also has offers, were not strongly considered. I can only guess the tiebreaker was his love of trees, given the Stanford seal.