Another Vols legacy extended offer

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What better way for head coach Butch Jones and his staff to continue building a family atmosphere at Tennessee than by offering orange-clad opportunities to the children of former Volunteers.

Nigel Warrior is the latest in a growing trend bestowed the chance as the Westlake (Ga.) High School defensive back got a Tennessee offer on Saturday.

Vols linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen trekked down to the Atlanta area with informing Warrior in person as one of his priorities.

"It's just shocking because I wasn't at school when I got it," Warrior told InsideTennessee. "I was at the track meet. Coach Thig told me he came all the way down here to let me know that I have an offer. That's where my dad went to school. It's still kind of shocking."

The recruit says he is open to playing in Knoxville one day.

"I really like Tennessee, honestly," said Warrior, who is already rated a Scout four-star prospect as a sophomore.

Sons of former Tennessee Vols are making their way to Knoxville in droves. In the 2014 signing class alone, Dillon Bates, Elliot Berry, Evan Berry and Neiko Creamer all signed as legacy prospects. Vic Wharton's uncle played basketball on Rocky Top.

Warrior now has the opportunity to follow in their footsteps when it comes time for him to sign as part of the 2016 class as his father is former Tennessee All-America defensive back and kick returner Dale Carter.

Carter, who eventually became an NFL Pro Bowler, has already spoken with his son about what it means to be a Vol For Life.

"Yeah, yeah we talked about it a little bit," Warrior said. "He was saying Volunteer Nation was live when he went there. He was just telling me about everything. He was saying it would be neat to go but if I have other plans then he's going to support me."

The 6-foot-1 1/2, 178-pounder said he doesn't foresee pressure to sign with Tennessee.

"No, not really. it's just football. You just have to embrace it. You don't have to put pressure on yourself. It's just football."

Other schools that have offered include Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio State, Old Dominion and Wisconsin.

The defensive back prides himself on being a field general, making sure teammates are aligned properly pre-snap.

His father's lengthy career is lending itself to Warrior's football I.Q.

"Yeah, it helps a lot because I know a lot of stuff that people don't know how to do yet," said Warrior, who has no preference on if he plays cornerback or safety.

It was truly a day to remember for Warrior as the legacy offer was just icing to the cake.

With Warrior running the third leg of Westlake's 4x400-meter relay team, the Lions captured the GHSA Class AAAAAA state championship with a time of 3:16.06 seconds.

"It feels good," said Warrior, who clocked 48.98 in the individual event. "The guys and I have been working hard and it paid off."

In 2013, Westlake football reached the state playoffs but fell in its postseason opener to powerhouse Camden. "Not really," Warrior said. "I just love SEC schools. I would for every SEC school to give me a scholarship offer.

"It's always the best. I want to be better than the best, I want to be the best."

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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