SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — The departure of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has increased Georgia’s chances with U.S. Army All-American Nigel Warrior.
Warrior, a four-star safety from Suwanee, Ga., is looking to mend his relationship with the Bulldogs now that former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart is at the helm. And he’s operating on limited time with Signing Day rapidly approaching.
“I didn’t have a great relationship with coach (Jeremy) Pruitt like that,” Warrior told SEC Country. “So, that really threw me off with Georgia a lot. But I’m trying to build that relationship because I have a real good (relationship) with Kirby (Smart).”
Warrior says he’s patiently waiting for Smart to fill out the rest of his staff, including two key coaching vacancies: defensive coordinator and defensive backs.
“I’m trying to get better with that,” Warrior said. “I really want to see if they can change my mind about going to Georgia. The first coaching staff, (didn’t catch my eye). Now, they are. I’m really thinking about it.”
His relationship specifically with Pruitt limited his attraction to Georgia.
“We never communicated,” Warrior said. “I never really felt a good vibe from him. I just didn’t catch a good vibe.”
Now, his perception of Alabama mirrors that of Georgia pre-Smart. In addition, Warrior is still awaiting word on Tide secondary coach Mel Tucker’s future. Multiple reports indicate Tucker is being linked to several openings, including Georgia’s defensive coordinator vacancy. But Warrior maintains that Nick Saban’s presence keeps Alabama in the fold.
Warrior, the No. 4 safety in the country, conceded to SEC Country that he will consider Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU, among others, moving forward. He is no longer looking at either Ohio State or Auburn.
He will take official visits to LSU (Jan. 15), Alabama (Jan. 22) and Tennessee (Jan. 29).
Warrior is the son of former Tennessee standout and NFL cornerback Dale Carter.