Fertitta talks Notre Dame commitment

DB Nicco Fertitta

Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman defensive back Nicco Fertitta took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame over the weekend and committed to the Irish while still on campus.

Notre Dame offered standout safety Nicco Fertitta back in late January and immediately jumped to the top of his list. The athlete visited South Bend Friday and Saturday and decided to pull the trigger.

"When I walked in to the locker room, I looked at my dad and Coach Sanchez (Gorman head coach) and we could feel the tradition and history there," Fertitta said. "We walked out of the tunnel and when I hit the ‘play like a champion' sign on my way to the field, I knew this was the place for me.

"My dad and I knew right then that it was time to get this over with and commit. I wasn't expecting to commit while I was out there, it just felt right. It was kind of a spur of the moment thing but everything was so great out there, I knew there was no point in holding off when I knew I had found the perfect place for me."

Fertitta is a tough, physical safety who plays bigger than his size. He's a very good cover safety who can man up on a third receiver and is strong in run support. He's a very instinctual player who's always around the football, is a solid tackler and has under-rated athleticism.

"I really connected with the coaches, that was another big plus for me," Fertitta said. "I talked to all of the coaches and they made sure to come and get to know me. I like Coach Kelly a lot and Coach Cooks, the DB coach as well but like I said, the whole staff was great with me.

"They want to start me out at strong safety and that definitely works for me. I'm 100% committed to Notre Dame, that's the place for me and I couldn't be happier about it. I love the fit football wise and academically and I can't wait to get there."

Fertitta turned down offers from Arizona, Boston College, Hawaii, Houston, Indiana, San Diego State, Utah and UNLV.

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