It has been over two decades since Dale Carter last suited up to play football for Tennessee. For his son, Nigel Warrior, there is still a connection, and it indeed has an effect on his recruitment in the days leading up to National Signing Day.
“Absolutely,” Warrior’s mother, Tangie Warrior, told SEC Country. “It has always been on his mind. Of course his dad left a legacy there. It’s truly a different day and time, though. You have teams that are doing very well like Alabama and you have a Nick Saban that’s in it. And then he has the options of playing at home at Georgia, playing with Nick Saban or playing at Tennessee.
“It weighs on him to whether or not keep the legacy or go somewhere else to play football.”
Carter was selected in the 1992 NFL Draft and played 12 seasons professionally following a standout career at Tennessee.
Warrior’s legacy is one of the reasons he continues to consider the Vols. Playing time is another. Despite having a deeper secondary than in recent memory, the Vols still must replace both of their safeties from last year’s squad. Warrior, a four-star safety who authored a standout career at Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, Ga.), would be a perfect fit.
But the Vols have plenty of top-flight schools to overcome for Warrior. Georgia, Alabama and LSU are all strongly in the running. The 6-foot, 186-pound Warrior is the No. 4 safety in the nation and the No. 7 overall prospect in Georgia.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.
Chris Kirschner contributed to this report.