Nigel Warrior admitted two weeks ago that he was no longer considering Auburn. But an in-home visit with Gus Malzahn and other members of the Tigers staff on Wednesday has forced him to do a double-take.
According to Warrior’s mother, Tangie, the four-star safety is now considering taking his fifth and final official visit to Auburn on the heels of the surprise drop-in.
“After meeting everyone yesterday, I mean, the whole defensive side of the ball from Auburn was there,” Tangie Warrior told SEC Country. “All five of them. In talking with them, he’s considering taking his fifth official to Auburn. But Georgia is bidding for it as well.”
Prior to Kevin Steele and Wesley McGriff’s arrival to the Plains, Warrior was primarily recruited by Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson, both of whom have moved on to South Carolina. The newly hired defensive coordinator and secondary coach were present for the visit.
Per Warrior, the coaching duo was vocal about the Tigers’ lack of depth and experience in the secondary heading into 2016. The opportunity to play relatively quickly caught Warrior’s attention.
“The most important part that kind of got him was their need for him to be there and how early he would be able to actually get on the field and play,” she said.
“That’s what made him think, ‘OK,’ as of yesterday, ‘I should really take a look at it. He likes the school. He was kind of disappointed — same with Alabama — about losing a coach he had built a relationship with.”
Warrior’s mother says the official visit — whether to Auburn or Georgia — will have to be a midweek trip.
“It’ll have to be something we break up, or something of that nature,” she said. “We’re trying to figure it out.”
Warrior, the No. 4 safety in the country, is scheduled to take an official visit to Alabama this weekend followed by one to Tennessee on Jan. 29.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite