KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It’s been an impressive two days for a pair of former Peachtree Ridge High (Ga.) defensive backs.
After freshman cornerback Baylen Buchanan became Tennessee’s first newcomer to have his black helmet stripe removed on Wednesday, blue-chip safety freshman Nigel Warrior joined the club following Thursday’s practice.
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Warrior, a 4-star prospect and the nation’s No. 4 safety in the Class of 2016, quickly has inserted himself into the mix for serious snaps this fall.
Earlier Thursday, Vols defensive coordinator Bob Shoop praised Warrior’s talent, effort and instincts, saying, “He definitely has the skill-set to play at a high level. I think it’s a safe bet that you’re going to see him on the field early.”
Warrior, the son of former Vols great Dale Carter, is competing with veterans Todd Kelly Jr., Rashann Gaulden and Micah Abernathy for playing time, but Shoop said the ballyhooed recruit is “as advertised.”
“He’s an exceptionally talented player,” Shoop added.
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Jesse Simonton covers Tennessee football and recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and SECCountry.com