How You Proved Yourself: Stanford Commit Greg Taboada Recalls His Defining Moment

Every athlete has experienced a moment when their teammates and peers knew they were a force to be reckoned with. Twice a week we’ll let high school athletes dish on the moment when they proved they belonged. Share your "Prove Yourself" moment and you'll be entered for a chance to win an iPad.

This week we caught up with Marist School (Atlanta) tight end Greg Taboada, a Stanford commit.

When was your defining moment?

“Ya know, I never really went to any camps. What I did was made a highlight video of my junior season and when that went viral coaches started to take notice. I ended up going to Alabama’s team camp in June and I did really well there. When they offered me is when everyone started noticing.”

Can you remember how you felt coming into that camp at Alabama?

“To be honest I was really nervous. It was my first camp and I didn’t know what to expect. Then someone I knew there talked to me and showed me around the camp and I just focused on running the right routes.”

What did it feel like to be at such a prestigious camp and to standout?

“It felt great man. I was just making some surprising catches and I really caught the coaching staff’s attention.”

What was the reception like from your teammates and family after that camp?

“Oh they were definitely excited. I was too. I mean it was the reigning national champs and they were taking interest in me.”

In hindsight was this the moment that changed your mindset from thinking you could be dominant to knowing it?

“Oh definitely! I just felt like since Alabama was on me and they make stars out of people that other schools sometimes overlook then I might have something. That’s the moment I knew I was in a good position.”

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How You Proved Yourself: Stanford Commit Greg Taboada Recalls His Defining Moment
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