All appeared lost for Auburn with Nigel Warrior following the departure of then-secondary coach Travaris Robinson, but a last-second official visit to The Plains has put the Tigers back in the fold.
Per Warrior’s mother, Tangie, the mid-week trip to Auburn last Thursday allowed the Tigers to make up ground in their pursuit of the four-star safety.
“Coach (Kevin) Steele’s reputation, as well as (secondary coach Wesley) McGriff, they are really good, strong coaches,” Warrior’s mother told SEC Country. “They have an extensive history in regards to their coaching. The relationship with them seems like it would be somewhat of a good fit. He really has a tough decision to make.”
Warrior, of course, had no intentions of visiting Auburn until he received an in-home visit with coach Gus Malzahn and other members of the coaching staff last week. Prior to that meeting, the No. 4 safety in the nation told SEC Country he was no longer considering the Tigers or Ohio State the week of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
“With the coaching change, we really wanted to connect with the new coaches and spend some time with them, talk, get a feel for them,” Warrior’s mother said of the purpose of the visit. “We were trying to see from a football standpoint if it was going to be a fit with the defensive coordinator change with Steele, and McGriff.”
The 6-foot, 186-pound safety from Suwanee, Ga., spent a majority of his time with Auburn’s defensive brain trust discussing how exactly he would fit into their scheme. The Tigers lack of depth in the secondary heading into 2016 paired with Warrior’s desire to play early has merit.
“It’s a blessing as well as a curse,” his mother said. “Being that he’s such a versatile defensive back, everyone can use him. Auburn could put him immediately on the field. They don’t have anyone. And that was kind of attractive to him.”
Warrior’s mother maintained that Auburn is still “a school he is considering”, along with Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. Warrior left The Plains on Saturday morning for his official visit to Alabama. He will take his fifth and final official visit to Tennessee this coming weekend.
McGriff will visit with Warrior on Wednesday.
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