Vols legacy weighs in on Big Orange

A Scout 300 member has orange bloodlines. Will that affect Nigel Warrior's decision for college? Read more.

Some legacy prospects want to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Others want to go down their own path.

Nigel Warrior’s father, Dale Carter, was an All-American at Tennessee in the early 1990’s. That may or may not help the Volunteers in their pursuit of one of the South’s finest defensive backs.

“I don’t know, I don’t know,” Warrior told InsideTennessee. “It’s kind of a hard question. I’m just taking it easy. I’m just going to make my own decision. Just because my dad went to Tennessee doesn’t mean I’m going to Tennessee. So, I’m just going to make my own decision.”

Alabama and Miami (Fla.) are two of the most recent schools to offer a scholarship.

“Nobody’s really sticking out,” Warrior said. “I’m trying to just keep it…everybody’s level right now. I’m not really getting into it yet.”

The Scout 300 member has an idea as to how he’ll find the right fit on the next level.

“Someone I can call a family, talk to about things…the coaches can be like parents to me basically — brothers and parents. I want to have a good relationship where I can fit in with everyone and not be the outcast. I want to feel just like everybody else.”

Warrior has only visited Alabama and Auburn in 2015. He saw the Volunteers take on Florida when fans checkerboarded Neyland Stadium in early October.

“That was nice; it was intense,” he said.

The junior’s father accompanied him on the unofficial visit.

“It was crazy,” Warrior said. “It felt good for (Carter) to come back. He hadn’t been there in a long time.”

Where exactly the No. 1-rated cornerback in Georgia trips next is yet to be determined.

“I don’t have a plan at all,” said Warrior, who wants to see Oregon’s campus. “We’ll probably wake up one day and say, ‘Hey, you want to go here or there?’ And just go.”

The Scout four-star prospect broke into the 2016 rankings as a safety but has since been moved to cornerback and ranks No. 7 nationally. Several schools have told him he could fit in at either spot.

“It don’t matter,” the 5-foot-11 1/2, 184-pounder said. “It don’t matter as long as I’m on defense playing something, I’m good.”

At The Opening Atlanta, the Tennessee legacy clocked a 4.69-second 40-yard dash on a rain-soaked artificial surface in late March. Between his test scores and his performance in one-on-one competition, the Atlanta native earned a spot at The Opening Finals at NIKE World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, on July 5-10.

“You can get better because you can see how great players play,” Warrior said. “Good players against another good players, which means you only get better, you can’t worse because you’ll learn from your mistakes basically. You’re going to mess up against some good guys.”

Warrior, who some say is the best defensive back in Georgia’s 2016 class, racked up 71 tackles and five interceptions his junior season at Westlake High School, which garnered him Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State honors.


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