- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
On Oct. 28, ESPN 150 prospect Greg Tabaoda (Atlanta/Marist) committed to Stanford over Alabama and Vanderbilt. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound athlete discussed his decision Friday after a 24-0 victory over Chamblee (Ga.) High School.
“I feel great about committing to Stanford,” Taboada said. “I kind of wanted to experience something new in going to school out in California. Their record with tight ends is awesome and they have two about to go to the NFL this year. The degree at Stanford will put me in a great position after college.”
The Crimson Tide at one point led for Taboada, but he thinks they are in good shape without him.
“It would have been awesome playing for Nick Saban at Alabama, but they have commitments from two tight ends, so I think they will be fine,” Taboada said.
Early in his recruitment, he tabbed Stanford as an offer to strive for.
“When I first knew I would be able to play in college, Stanford was one of the first schools I looked at because of what they did on the field the past few years and the education I could get there,” Taboada said. “That offer was one I was really looking forward to.”
That offer came in late September, and a month later the Cardinal staff added its third ESPN 150 commitment of the 2013 class. Now the only question is where he will play once he gets to California.
“The Stanford offensive coaches are really excited to have me since they have those two tight ends leaving after this year, but they said when I get up there the defensive coaches will fight over me as well,” Taboada said. “Tight end is where I want to end up, but I am not sure what will happen.”
Taboada plans to take his official visit to Stanford in January for the weekend when they bring in all of the commitments. He still has to complete the sometimes daunting application process, but for now the Atlanta standout is just happy to be committed.
“It feels great to be a Cardinal,” Taboada said.