Nigel Warrior is in search for one thing when he takes an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Saturday for its game against UGA — a win.
In an interview with the AJC’s SEC Country on Friday night, the 4-star safety from Peachtree Ridge High School (Ga.) admitted that while he’s looking forward to seeing the Volunteers coaching staff and the campus itself, he wants to see the program pull through with a checkmark in the victory column.
“I’m really looking for a win,” Warrior said. “I’m looking for a win from either team, really, but I want to see Tennessee win because every time I come up they end up losing.”
Warrior, who is rated as the No. 56 overall player in the country, has been closely linked with Tennessee throughout his recruitment. He’s a legacy — his father, Dale Carter, was a former All-American defensive back for the Volunteers from 1990-91.
But these aren’t his father’s Volunteers. Tennessee is 2-3 to start the year and fifth in the SEC East. For comparison, the program finished 9-2 and 9-3, respectively, during Carter’s time in Knoxville, Tenn.
Despite the slow start, however, Warrior said he isn’t too concerned with the recent losses.
“What really affects me is how the coaches respond to it and how the players respond to it,” Warrior said. “I don’t care much about losing, but I do want to go to a winning team. But that doesn’t mean anything. You can always get better.”
Tennessee, of course, isn’t the only school on Warrior’s radar. Alabama, UGA and LSU, among others, are getting some consideration. But it’s his relationship with Auburn that appears to be in good shape. The Tigers were represented by defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson at Peachtree Ridge’s game against North Gwinnett on Friday.
“It’s actually great,” Warrior said. “Me and (coach Travaris Robinson), we talk a lot, honestly. They make sure I’m straight. They don’t just talk football all the time. They check in and make sure life is going well.”
Warrior has yet to release his official visits. His teammate and cousin, Deangelo Gibbs, a 5-star defensive back, will join him on his visit to Knoxville this weekend.