Sun Devils Target Notre Dame HS Duo

Sam DeMartinis and Charlie Carmichael may not be a package deal when it's time for them to settle on the college of their choice. Nevertheless, both had similar positive experiences following their unofficial trip to Arizona State for the school's junior day.

Four-star offensive tackle prospect Sam DeMartinis, is considered by some as being the best in his position in the 2007 class. He was part of a Notre Dame High School team that went 13-1 last year, and was rewarded for his play by being one of three juniors selected to the 2005 All-CIF First Team, as well as being named League Lineman of the Year.

"I actually really liked it,' said DeMartinis on his trip to Arizona State. "They weren't a lot of people there, and I got the feeling that they were real interested in you. I loved the facilities there. The Athletic Center is right there connected to the stadium – you can't ask for more. Junior day went really well."

DeMartinis saw ASU play UCLA in person last season, and watched them for a few games on TV, as well. "I like how they use both the pass and run pretty much equally. I rather have more running (laughs), but that's OK…"

The lineman received his scholarship offer from ASU's safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Dan Fidler several weeks back. The Sun Devils join an already long list of schools who have extended offers. "Mississippi, San Diego State, UNLV, Washington, and Clemson have all offered me," he commented. "It doesn't matter to me how close to home I am. I'm open to anything."

The 6-6 270 DeMartinis cites "Pad level and overall technique" as his best aspects of his play. "I probably need to work on overall quickness and speed." He mentioned being recruited by ASU as a left tackle.

Academics, Athletics and social life will be the crucial factors that will aid DeMartinis in determining which school is the best fit for him. In regards to his timetable for a decision, the Notre Dame standout doesn't expect one to come until mid to late-January. "I want to take some official visits first. I definitely want to visit ASU officially."

Charlie Carmichael (pictured) is the other bookend tackle for Notre Dame, and much like his teammate he was named all-league. He also received 2nd team all-CIF honors. "Arizona State has been recruiting me for two months now," said the 6-5 273 lineman. "Coach Fidler offered me a scholarship the same time he offered Sam."

In terms of his junior day experience, the lineman liked the human touch he witnessed in Tempe. "The coaches at ASU are down to earth guys and you can tell that they really bond with their players," he commented. "The facilities were amazing and the stadium seems like a great place to play. The campus has a great college feel to it."

Ironically, the only Sun Devil contest Carmichael saw in person was also the UCLA game. His observation from that match, as it relates to the ASU offensive linemen, was an interesting one. "The O-Line looked pretty good," he stated. "Afterwards I found out that most of the guys that played were on the second and third team. I was pretty impressed that those guys held their own. It shows that the coaching there must be great."

When asked to describe his skills, he replied: "I'm very mobile for my size. I've got good feet and I'm well-balanced. I'm real aggressive too. I do need to work on my pad level." He added that ASU didn't indicate if they're recruiting him as a guard or tackle, nor does he have a preference. The list of schools that have offered him is, and probably by no coincidence, identical to his teammate. The lone exception is that he was offered by Colorado rather than Clemson.

The lineman also doesn't expect an early decision, and will probably take all of his official visits only after his season is done, and ASU is more than likely one of his destinations for an official visit later this year. Even though he and DeMartinis are "good friends", Carmichael doesn't see his decision where to attend college tied in with his teammate's and vice versa.

While Carmichael is definitely not lacking recruiting attention, his attitude towards the whole experience is one of extreme humility. "Every letter I get is still new and exciting for me," he admitted. "I never really pictured myself being in the position I am right now. I love hearing from the coaches and I consider myself very fortunate."

Both players have qualified academically.

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