Five-star safety recruit Nigel Warrior kicked off National Signing Day with his commitment to Tennessee.

By Chris Johnson
February 03, 2016

One of the nation’s top defensive backs revealed his college decision early on National Signing Day. Nigel Warrior announced that he’s headed to Tennessee.

The No. 2 safety and No. 20 player in the class of 2016, according to, Warrior chose the Volunteers after narrowing his list to four schools last month: Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Tennessee. Warrior is a Volunteers legacy; his father, Dale Carter, earned All-America honors for the program before becoming a first-round draft pick in 1992. Yet the Tigers reportedly made a late push for Warrior, who took official visits to Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee and Ohio State.

In an interview with Tennessee’s affiliate earlier this week, Carter was asked about the expectations of his son following him. “He’s a grinder,” Carter said of Warrior. “I tell him about the things and what he is to expect before even when he gets to school—when he gets to Tennessee. I just tell him the things that you’ve got to expect. He’s not going to live in my shoes. He’s got his own path.”

The Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) High standout recorded 30 tackles and three interceptions as a senior, according to MaxPreps. notes that the 6-foot, 184-pound Warrior “really tracks the ball well and his hands help him turn the ball over to his offense. Not a lot of wasted movement by Warrior. Really takes good angles, plays within himself, plays under control, and seems to put himself in the right position much more than not.”

Warrior becomes the 19th commitment to Tennessee’s recruiting class, which moves up to 16th in the nation, per's rankings.

For coverage and analysis of all the latest commitments on National Signing Day, check out Signing Day Central.

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