Nicco Fertitta plays hard. He plays fearlessly. Receivers going across the middle have to watch out for him because the three-star defensive back from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman is coming after them.
That's the way the Notre Dame commit plays the game and he doesn't make any bones about it. He's a physical, hard-nosed kid and wants to be aggressive all over the field.
Fertitta, rated as the third-best prospect in the Nevada state rankings by Rivals.com, was a big factor in Gorman's comfortable victory over Anaheim (Calif.) Servite last weekend and said his team still has a lot of work to do as the season goes on.
"Defense saved us in the first half and then the offense really just blew them out of the water in the second half," Fertitta said. "We really needed that. This was a big learning game. They made some big plays on our defense. We really got tested and I think we're on the uphill from here.
"Servite is a really good team. They're going to be one of the top contenders in California so don't sleep on them."
As for his physical, aggressive style, Fertitta has always played that way. And he will continue to play that way. Being fearless is the only way the three-star safety knows to conduct his business.
"It's just how I've always played," Fertitta said. "That's how I've played since I was little. My dad taught me to play that way and nothing is going to change."
Fertitta has been committed to Notre Dame since early April and there are absolutely no signs that will change. There are plans to take unofficial visits to South Bend for the Michigan game and possibly for Stanford and then his official will be worked out for after the season.
The way Fertitta talks about the Irish, there is no doubt his commitment is firm.
"One-hundred percent committed to Notre Dame," Fertitta said.
"It's the pinnacle of college football. There is no place like it out of every single place I visited and I fell in love with it every single time. It just gets better and better and I can't wait to get up there."