For Nigel Warrior, football is in his blood. His father is Dale Carter, four-time Pro Bowl cornerback and the 1992 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Warrior, a senior safety at Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee, Ga.), is the No. 56 player in the country and No. 4 at his position according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings. For Warrior, those numbers don’t mean much.
“You can’t rate someone on their potential. People get better everyday. My ranking doesn’t mean anything to me,” Warrior told USA TODAY High School Sports.
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“Not everybody gets this opportunity, it’s a once in a lifetime thing and I’m more than thankful for the invitation,” Warrior said after receiving his jersey as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
Warrior said he’s learned a lot from his father, and he went as far as comparing his game to that of the NFL veteran.
“I watch his old film, he was fast and he always found the ball. He could see what a receiver would do before he ever did it,” said Warrior, who went on to talk about how his dad helps him with his footwork, eyes, and the “basic things” that come with being a defensive back.
“The basics are the little things that can really mess you up,” Warrior said.
The 5-11, 180-pound safety must be doing the little things right.
Elite college football programs from across the country have offered Warrior, who only has one visit lined up so far: the No. 1 team in the country and defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes.
“I’m looking for a school with great academics, a school that puts players in the league, and a place that helps with jobs after the league,” said Warrior, who plans to make his decision on National Signing Day.
Warrior said he gets his motivation and drive from his mom, citing his desire to help her and “see her chill and relax and take care.”
With his mother’s motivation and his father’s guidance, the sky’s the limit.