True free safety prospects are hard to find in recruiting. That’s what makes Nigel Warrior such a special prospect. The Peachtree Ridge (Georgia) product shows the skills to be an excellent center fielder and that’s why he such a high priority recruit for the top programs in the SEC and other national powers.
Warrior has good speed and is a very fluid athlete. I would probably put him in the “very good” rather than the “elite” athlete category overall. He is well put together and looks even bigger than his measurements. He should be able to carry over 200 pounds as his college career progresses.
The main thing that stands out about Warrior is range. He has the speed to cover a lot of ground, but it’s his instincts and ability to read a quarterback’s eyes are what allow him to be a playmaker. He transitions smoothly out of his backpedal and gets a great jump when the ball is about to be put in the air.
He does a great job of getting to the deep ball while playing cover two or as the single high player in cover one and has the ball skills to come down with interceptions. He also has the special ability to finish the play with big returns when he gets his hands on the football. He plays with really good eye discipline in zone coverage.
He has shown the ability to match up really well in man coverage as well. He can be physical with his jam and can line up and be an option versus bigger receiving targets.
He is a solid tackler that does a nice job coming from depth in run support. He does not catch on contact and wraps up well.
He’s a classic free safety that can fit in just about any scheme. He’s the perfect candidate to play in the middle of the field.
Warrior has the potential to be a multi-year starter at the college level and could be a future All-American candidate because of his great range and ball skills. One lucky big time school is going to be getting a player who could develop into a difference maker in their secondary.
Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).