May 21, 2024

Player Profile: Nigel Warrior

Nigel Warrior, one of the top safeties in the class of 2016, is an instant-impact type of player and could end up in Knoxville after signing day.

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Nigel Warrior is one of the top safeties in the country and one of the top overall athletes in the class of 2016. He is from Suwanee, Georgia, and plays for the Peachtree Ridge High School Lions. Although he possesses an array of athletic abilities, he will, in all likelihood, be a safety in college as well.


247Sports: No. 3 safety and No. 43 overall player in the class of 2016

Rivals: No. 4 safety and No. 53 overall player in the class of 2016

ESPN: No. 156 in ESPN300 for class of 2016 prospects


Warrior drew a very high level of interest from schools all across the nation. He had offers from the following Southeastern Conference schools: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee (which is 11 out of the 14 SEC schools). Of his 29 total offers, his most notable offers outside of the SEC included Clemson, Florida State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

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Nigel Warrior can be best described as an all-around superb defensive back who is most suited for the free safety position. He has excellent body control and tracks the ball incredibly well. Warrior is consistent at catching balls in his vicinity, allowing him to create a large number of turnovers for his team. He puts himself into good position most of the time on the field regardless of whether he is going for the ball or going for a tackle. Although he is not the biggest safety around, he more than makes up for it with his hustle, instincts, coverage ability and intelligent play. He is also a solid tackler. Tennessee will use him immediately in the young secondary.

Edited by Nathan Odom

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