The 6-foot-4, 242 pound three-star senior out of Atlanta (Ga.) Marist has been leaning towards Stanford for some time. He had over 20 scholarships and schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Wake Forest, and others were pursuing him at one time.
On paper, this looks like a perfect fit. It is hard to predict the future, but Stanford looks perfect for Taboada and Toboada looks perfect for Stanford.
That is on and off the field.
Marist is one of the top academic schools in the state of Georgia and Taboada is a very intelligent young man. Marist is also a prestigious football school that has won a lot of games over the years and they are currently 7-1 this season.
Taboada plays both sides of the ball and he is more of a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball in high school due to the offense they run. On defense, he shows the athleticism, the ability to run, and some explosiveness.
The offense he plays in is very run heavy and Taboada is used primarily as a blocker. He does a good job blocking and he shows balance, good leverage, and the ability to sustain a block.
When he releases out for a pass, he shows those soft hands. He has good initial quickness off the ball and he runs well for a guy of his size. His biggest strength may be a combination of catching the ball away from his body. He really knows how to snatch the ball out of the air. He also knows how to use his body to shield defenders and he will be able to make plays underneath as well as down the field.
Overall, Taboada is exactly what Stanford looks for in a prospect at this position. He works extremely hard, he is very detailed, he is a total package at tight end that still has room to develop, and he should fit in perfectly in the Cardinal offense.
Scout currently ranks Taboada as the No. 16 tight end in the country and he is one of the highest ranked three-stars at his position.
We will be at his game Friday to get a good look at him in person as well.