One of nation’s top safeties to visit UGA on Sunday (UPDATED)

Nigel Warrior (second from left) and his Peachtree Ridge teammates (Rob Saye/Special for the AJC)

Nigel Warrior (second from left) and his Peachtree Ridge teammates (Rob Saye/Special for the AJC)

One of the nation’s top safeties will make his first visit to UGA in more than a year.

Nigel Warrior, a 4-star defensive back from Peachtree Ridge, will visit UGA with his mother on Sunday. He’s rated as the No. 4 safety in the nation, per the composite rankings.

“I didn’t have anything else to do, so my mom and I decided to go to Georgia so we could go see everything,” Warrior told the AJC. “We talked to Coach Pruitt and set it up.”

This is a pretty big deal for UGA because Warrior hasn’t visited with the Bulldogs for more than a year — and he’s one of the team’s top overall recruiting targets on defense. “It has been a good minute since I’ve been over there,” Warrior said.

How does Warrior feel about UGA? “I like Georgia,” he said. “It’s the home-state school. You can’t go wrong with the home-state school. It’s a big school. They’re always in the top 25. You can’t go wrong with Georgia. It’s one of those teams that don’t back down from anybody. They are always giving you a good fight. I like the idea of playing for the in-state school because you get to represent where you are from.”

The 6-foot, 175-pounder is the son of former Tennessee All-America defensive back and NFL Pro Bowler Dale Carter.

Warrior has been tight-lipped about his leaders, but Tennessee is considered to be a frontrunner due to the family connection. UGA is also a serious contender, according to the 247sports’ Crystal Ball predictions. The Bulldogs are recruiting Warrior at both corner and safety.

“I don’t have a preference,” he said. “Well, I like corner now. I don’t get to play it a lot. I love corner. I’ve gotten better at playing it. I learned a lot of things from my dad. But it doesn’t matter to me. I’ll play anywhere to help my team out.”

Warrior’s teammate at Peachtree Ridge, fellow defensive back Chad Clay, is committed to UGA.

Warrior said he’d also like to visit Ohio State and LSU this summer. He’ll trim his list to 10 or 15 schools within the next month, and told the AJC that Ohio State, UGA, Oregon, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama are some of the schools that “will definitely” make the cut. He’ll announce on signing day.


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