UGA appears to be back in good position with Nigel Warrior, one of the nation’s top five prospects at safety.
On Sunday, the 4-star from Peachtree Ridge made his first recruiting visit to UGA in more than a year – despite the fact that he lives only 50 miles from Athens.
Warrior was accompanied on the trip by his mother. The two spent more than six hours at UGA, and they had lengthy conversations with Mark Richt and UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
“UGA is a great place to be,” Warrior told the AJC on Sunday.
“The best thing that they told me is that when you come in they don’t care what grade you are in. You earn your spot. No one has a higher ranking than you. You must compete for your spot.”
During the visit, Warrior also got to chat with three of UGA’s incoming freshmen – Kirby Choates, D’Andre Walker and Jayson Stanley. “They said it is a great school to come to and the grind never stops,” Warrior said. “They get better everyday.”
Tennessee may be the school to beat for Warrior, who is the son of former Volunteers legend and NFL Pro Bowler Dale Carter. Warrior also told the AJC that he hopes to visit Ohio State and LSU this summer.
However, there is hope for UGA with Warrior, especially after Sunday’s long-awaited appearance. It is worth nothing that his Peachtree Ridge teammate Chad Clay is already committed to UGA for this year’s class. DeAngelo Gibbs — another member of the vaunted Peachtree Ridge secondary — is a rising junior who could be the top player in the country next year. Gibbs is a cousin of Warrior, and he is also very interested in UGA.
When will Warrior return to UGA for another visit? And will he attend Dawg Night prospect camp on July 18? He was non-committal about his next trip to UGA, but did say, “I know it will be soon.”
Warrior is rated as the No. 4 safety in the country for the 2016 signing class by the 247sports composite rating.
WHAT THIS MEANS: The time between trips seemed to signify that Warrior was a lost cause. He was going to wind up at maybe his father’s alma mater or be one of those elite prospects who just wants to play out of state on Saturdays. Warrior told the AJC that the visit increased his chances of signing with UGA.
If UGA manages to land both Clay and Warrior, it also increases the chances of reeling in Gibbs among the Class of 2017 signees.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges.