Nicco Fertitta says it's too early to start naming favorites in his recruitment. The Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School junior has a point. He won't sign a letter of intent for more than a year, so establishing a pecking order within his six scholarship offers would be jumping the gun.
That's not to say his newest offer didn't make a serious splash when it arrived on Tuesday. Fertitta, a defensive back in the 2015 class, doesn't name Notre Dame his current favorite when asked about the offer. He does, however, brush up against the issue.
"It's definitely my biggest offer so far," Fertitta said. "It's one of the biggest programs in college football history. I feels great just to get the opportunity to play there."
Fertitta has visited Notre Dame in the past and plans to do so again in short order. No date for a trip has been nailed down at this juncture, but the planning process has begun. Fertitta plans to do his share of traveling this offseason and his destinations are already falling into place.
"I'm probably going to end up going out to Notre Dame for sure," Fertitta said. "I'm going to go out to Indiana, Boston College and a few other schools. I'm not sure about those other ones yet, though."
Rushing isn't Fertitta's thing. It's why he's taking time plotting visits and why he refuses to names a frontrunner in the process. But that doesn't mean his recruitment will be drawn out. It's actually quite the opposite.
Fertitta hopes to have a verbal commitment made before he plays a single snap as a high school senior.
"I'll probably know where I'm going to go by the end of the summer," he said. "I just want to take all these visits first."
As a junior at Bishop Gorman, Fertitta helped the Gales to a 13-2 record and a Nevada state championship.
Fertitta's father, Lorenzo, is the CEO of the UFC.