My father and mother are two of the hardest working and most motivated people I know and they are responsible for my drive and motivation. My dad was a quality multisport athlete in school but his passion was motocross racing. He put me on my first dirt bike at the age of 4 and I raced my first motocross race when I was 5. I got 2nd place but really wanted that big 1st place trophy! This drive and competitiveness was always present and evident in each youth sport I played and it remains the same to this day in everything I do including academics and sports.
I've always been a dominant player in soccer since the age of 5. My youth club and Academy teams were always highly ranked, securing several Regional and National titles. I stepped away from Club/Academy soccer when I was 13 to completely focus on my love of football and kicking and it had given me a great foundation for my kicking career.
My kicking career began in 7th grade football. Our coach loved having me because he didn't have to go for 2 point conversions like in the past. I missed only 1 PAT and made the only FG chance I had. My kickoffs were typically 45 yds. My 8th grade season was similar only my kickoffs increased to about 50 yds. I was 2/2 on FGs. One was from 32 yds right hash to help win the game.
I strongly focused on kicking before my 9th grade season. I began training with Kohl's and Chris Sailer Kicking. Our team struggled offensively but I contributed with 14/15 PATs and 2/3 FGs. My coach gave me a chance at a 48 yarder in the rain and into the wind. I missed it just short but what a thrill having your coach believe in you.
Spain Park HS is a 7A school in the toughest region (Region 3) in the state. We play Hoover and Thompson which are both top ranked programs as well. I competed and secured the kicking duties on the Varsity team as well as JV team my Sophomore season 2018-19. It was an honor being able to play with the seniors and juniors on our team and having the responsibility to help them win games. I was 34/36 PATs (1 blocked, 1 missed) and 2/3 FGs with average KO distance of 59.6 yds.
This season, 2019-20, was my Junior season. Our team struggled defensively and we finished 4-6. We stayed focused and worked hard and had good wins at the end of the year. I was 37/38 PATS, 4/6 FGs with a long of 43 yds, and had 31 touchbacks on 42 kickoffs and avg distance of 63 yds and hangtime 3.74 seconds. I was voted on the All County, All Metro and All Birmingham teams. Off the ground, my personal best FG is 58 yards and most of my kickoffs currently in practice and at most recent Kohl's camp were 68 - 72 yards. I have been training hard adding strength and weight.
Through hard work and training with One On One Kicking and Coach Mike McCabe I keep progressing. I typically attend a Regional and National showcase camp for both Kohl's and Chris Sailer as well as National Kicking Rankings and Hammer Kicking Academy and then several of the Invitation Only camps. I do very well at the competitive camps. I work daily on becoming better at my position both physically and mentally.
My current GPA is 3.5 and I have taken the ACT (unprepped) once and scored a 25. I took the SAT (unprepped) once as well and made 1170. I will take a review course and take these again this spring. I am in the Finance Academy at my high school and will pursue a career in business/finance/marketing. I work as hard at school as I do kicking.
I look forward to playing for the college team that is the best fit and I will continue to make quality contributions on the field, in the classroom and in our community.
Drake Tabor............ Class of 2021