Nicco Fertitta already holds offers from Utah, Boston College, Hawaii and Villanova but the 2015 Las Vegas defensive backs is still working for more.
“It’s definitely pretty humbling,” the 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Bishop Gorman said.
“It’s pretty cool having these big offers so early, especially knowing that they think I’m good enough to play for them and that they want me to come to see what I can bring to the program.”
Fertitta has seen his recruitment pick up since last month.
“It’s been crazy,” he said. “There’s been so much mail coming in whether it’s at school or coming to the house. It’s non-stop.”
The mail varies in its contents.
“Anything from big letters with pictures to hand-written ones, regular ones about the school’s program or invites to games,” he said.
Some schools send more than others.
“I’d say Notre Dame, Washington, Cal, Alabama, Duke, Vanderbilt and Boston College are sending the most,” said Fertitta.
Notre Dame is a school the junior defensive back has a great appreciation for and an Irish offer would definitely have a major impact on his ultimate decision.
“They’re up there for sure,” he said. “I like the tradition and the legacy they have. I think it’s a really cool place to be, especially with their education. I definitely want to show everybody that I can contribute to their program.”
He had the opportunity to camp in South Bend this summer.
“It was pretty cool,” he said of the experience. “I got to see the campus and the facilities for a second time. I got to compete against some of the guys they’re also looking at it. I think I did pretty good, so I think that put me on the map a little more for them.”
Fertitta is probably more of a safety prospect, but there’s a chance he could line up at cornerback as well.
“Everybody is looking at me at safety right now,” he said. “Maybe some schools are looking at me for corner because I did a camp and did pretty well at that position, but I never really played it.”
Fertitta, the son of UFC co-owner/CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, believes his attitude has helped him earn the respect of college programs.
“I’m a worker,” he said. “I never give up. I’m always physical. I’ve been told I have pretty good hips and footwork and pretty good technique.”
Fertitta made an unofficial visit to Boston College last month. He doesn’t have any other visit plans at this point, but would like to return to South Bend at some point during the offseason.
He already knows what the biggest factors in his decision will be.
“Definitely the education, if I fit in there and if it’s a good place to come out of for college because football isn’t always for life.”