Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt had some work to do this past weekend regarding one of the nation’s top safeties.
Nigel Warrior, a four-star prospect from Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.), took an official visit to Alabama this weekend. He recently made comments about his lack of a relationship with Pruitt. His mother, Tangie Warrior, who accompanied him on the trip, told SEC Country that meeting Pruitt this weekend was a bit uncomfortable at first.
“I felt that it was kind of awkward because we are in the state of Georgia and were not highly recruited by him,” Tangie said. “I’m not sure who was supposed to be covering the area because it went between him and (former Georgia assistant) Thomas Brown. The point is somebody dropped the ball, so it was awkward, but we still tried to relax with it and try to see who he is and what he is about.”
Tangie is discussing what happened when Pruitt was Georgia’s defensive coordinator. She said Nigel felt like he was not needed or wanted by him, which is the root from where the not-so-good relationship begins.
Now his meeting with Pruitt shouldn’t be taken to say that the Warriors didn’t have a good time at Alabama this weekend. They did. The weekend consisted of Nigel riding golf carts to the lake at Nick Saban’s house and hanging out with other recruits and Tangie singing and dancing along with other parents at the home of the five-time champion.
“We had such a great time,” Warrior’s mother said. “You’re not going to build a super relationship from the beginning like you had with Kirby (Smart) because Nigel went to Alabama four times when he was there. It’s just a new thing at Alabama now, but it’s not a bad thing. I had fun this weekend and I’m sure he did, too. It was a great visit for sure.”
What could work in Alabama’s favor is the fact that the 6-foot, 186-pounder has a strong bond with Saban. Between he and any coach that’s recruiting him right now, his relationship with Saban may be the tightest. With nine days to go until signing day, though, work has to be done with Pruitt.
“He listened (to Pruitt),” Tangie said. “Alabama was high on his list. With Pruitt being at Alabama, he has to have that relationship now. “Whichever school he is at, he needs to have a relationship with the coaches.”
So is it fair to say that without a solid connection to Pruitt that it may be difficult for Alabama to gain his commitment come Feb. 3?
“Regardless of that, Nigel is going to get out there and do what he has to do,” she said. “He has a great relationship with Nick (Saban) and he feels great about him. I think that relationship with Pruitt will just have to be developed. Whichever school he attends, he’ll have to play his best regardless.”