Whether Nigel Warrior chooses LSU or another SEC power remains to be seen.
One thing for sure is that the four-star safety from Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.) understands the opportunity to play for LSU, or ‘DBU’ for that matter, is an opportunity unparalleled to many others.
“That would be amazing,” Warrior said of playing for LSU. “Going where some great players, great defensives have gone and are there now. It would amazing.
“Coach (Corey) Raymond and I talk, and I talk to people who tell me that at LSU I can make an impact to that team. It would mean a lot to play for ‘DBU’ and repping ‘DBU’ is amazing. It’s where most defensive backs like to play if they got (an) offer, and most defensive backs watch LSU defensive backs like Tyrann (Mathieu) and Patrick (Peterson), and a lot of people from LSU.”
Raymond, LSU’s defensive backs coach, just received an extension from LSU, his alma mater.
That bodes well for the Tigers’ chances of nabbing Warrior, who has been recruited by Raymond and is fond of the relationship he has been with the coach.
“It’s amazing knowing that I can have a coach be there for more than three years,” Warrior said. “Having a coach for more than three years, that’s amazing because you don’t have to worry about starting a new relationship.”
The 6-foot, 186-pound defensive back is set to make official visits to LSU on Jan. 15, Alabama on Jan. 22 and Tennessee on Jan. 29
When he makes that trip to Baton Rouge, La. in a week, there will be certain expectations he looks for.
“I’m looking for a nice environment, nice and calm, but hyped at the same time,” Warrior explained. “It has to be able to turn it on and off. I’m looking for somewhere to call home, that my mom can always come. I also want to have great relationship with the fans, but most importantly with my teammates and coaches.”
LSU fans have showed Warrior some love, but not as much as the likes of Tennessee or UGA, he admitted.
It isn’t a big deal for now, but if he were to choose LSU, having that relationship with the Tigers faithful would go a long way.
“It’s not (a) big deal now, but I’ve got to make an impression wherever I go,” he said. “I don’t care as much about the relationship with the fans now, but wherever you (go) later on, you want to have a good relationship with the fans and you want to make them proud.”
Right now, Warrior said LSU has as good of a chance with any of his top schools, which includes Tennessee and Alabama.
“Everybody is even right now,” Warrior said. “I don’t see anybody higher than anybody else. LSU has a chance.”
Warrior is rated as the nation’s No. 4 safety and the No. 9 prospect in Georgia.