Every Sunday, SECCountry.com will unveil its offensive and defensive recruits of the week based on their weekend performance. In order to qualify, recruits must have at least two SEC offers. This week’s SECCountry.com Defensive Recruit of the Week honors goes to Nigel Warrior, a 4-star safety out of Peachtree Ridge High School (Ga.).
SEC Country’s Defensive Recruit of the Week: Nigel Warrior
Nigel Warrior was as productive as you could be on Friday night. The 4-star safety from Peachtree Ridge High School was involved in play after play, as the Lions (5-2) dominated North Gwinnett, 42-6. Warrior recorded five tackles, two interceptions and a reception touchdown — with the latter two stats coming in the first half. He was on the receiving end of a double-pass from teammate Deangelo Gibbs that went 46 yards for the score. Above all, though, Warrior was impressive in the secondary. He was able to read and react quickly and, in turn, made several key defensive plays.
- 5 tackles
- Two interceptions
- 46-yard reception touchdown
- 34-yard run
“I think I did really good. I just tried to play as best as I could. Nothing major,” Warrior told the AJC’s SEC Country. ”I just have to keep working at my game. I can always get better.”
Warrior, one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country, took an unofficial visit to Tennessee over the weekend. He told SEC Country in an interview on Friday that he was looking for a win from the Volunteers on his trip. Mission accomplished, apparently.
Best of the Rest
LB, Leonard Warner, Brookwood High School, Ga. (Undecided) — Leonard Warner should be a name to keep on your radar. On Friday, the 2017 4-star linebacker registered 14 tackles, four hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown, as Brookwood defeated Central Gwinnett, 33-28. Warner told the AJC’s DawgNation after the game that UGA has continued to pursue him aggressively.
DE, Emmit Gooden, Haywood High School, Tenn. (Undecided) — Gooden, a 4-star defensive end, recorded 15 tackles and a sack in Haywood’s 49-6 loss against Oakland High School on Friday. Gooden last took an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Oct. 3. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder told the AJC’s SECCountry.com that Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Alabama round out his top five.
LB, Ben Davis, Gordo High School, Ala. (Undecided) — Davis has become a regular on this list. On Friday, the 5-star linebacker recorded four unassisted tackles, 10 assisted tackles and five catches for 111 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown, as Gordo topped Aliceville High School, 36-32, according to AL.com’s Drew Champlin. It was yet another impressive two-way performance for the country’s No. 1 ILB. Davis took an unofficial visit to Alabama over the weekend. He is considered a strong lean to the Crimson Tide.
DL, Quinnen Williams, Wenonah High School, Ala. (Alabama) — There is nothing like a big defensive lineman returning an interception for a touchdown. Cue Quinnen Williams. The 3-star and Alabama commit returned an interception 42 yards for a touchdown and added a batted ball, three quarterback hurries and three tackles as Wenonah won handedly over Dora High School, 50-0, per AL.com’s Drew Champlin.
LB, Erroll Thompson, Florence High School, Ala. (Mississippi State) — The 3-star linebacker was active all over the field in Florence’s 37-13 win over Athens High School. Per AL.com’s Drew Champlin, Thompson registered 13 tackles, four for loss, one sack and several quarterback hurries. That’s a fairly productive night for an inside linebacker. He last took an unofficial visit to Alabama on Sept. 19.