ATLANTA — Auburn was seemingly an afterthought for Nigel Warrior before he participated in the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl in mid-January.
At the time, he admitted he was no longer considering the Tigers due in part to the absences of then-defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and one-time secondary coach Travaris Robinson.
But an in-home visit with every member of the defensive coaching staff two weeks later prompted Warrior to reconsider his view of the program. He opted to take a last-minute official visit to The Plains on Jan. 21.
Ultimately, however, it wasn’t enough.
On Wednesday, Warrior spurned Auburn for Tennessee, the school his father, Dale Carter, once starred at.
“I was considering them, but I wouldn’t say they were the second team,” Warrior told SEC Country following his announcement at the College Football Hall of Fame.
“I was considering them because they made a real big effort to talk and communicate with me and my mom to get me up to the university. It was amazing.”
Warrior, the nation’s No. 4 safety, said the in-home visit ‘changed a lot,’ and so, too, did his official visit. His mother, Tangie, said Nigel enjoyed the campus, interacting with the coaches and getting acquainted with other players.
But it was too little too late.
“It was just kind of too late,” Warrior said. “They’re all great coaches. It was really just too late.”
Following Warrior’s announcement, Auburn offered three-star safety Daniel Thomas, he told SEC Country.
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