Focused On Two

Four-star lineman Sam DeMartinis is beginning to narrow his school list down, and two Pac-10 programs are standing atop his leaderboard.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame tackle Sam DeMartinis (6-6, 275), the #2 offensive lineman in the state, is turning his focus to two schools, though he's keeping the door open for a few others.

"Cal and Arizona State are the two I'm focusing on," said DeMartinis. "I'm looking at some other schools, but those are the two at the top."

The four-star prospect is still keeping tabs on the other schools left on his list.

"Arizona is up there too. Oregon still talks to me even though they have enough o-line commitments (including one from DeMartinis' teammate Charlie Carmichael). And San Diego State, with my brother (Tony) going there, I'm still looking at them. I still get handwritten letters from UCLA and they're still in there. They haven't said anything about an offer though, said DeMartinis."

The official visits will play a key role in DeMartinis' decision, but he's not foreign to the school's he is listing.

"I've been to each of the schools I'm looking at already (unofficially) so I have a good enough knowledge," said DeMartinis. "I want to take official visits, but if our season goes as long as we're hoping it will, I won't be able to go until the middle of December. I'd like to take four at the most, maybe three of them. We just don't have any bye weeks."

DeMartinis has not set up any dates for visits yet, but said that in the next week, he would be finalizing an official trip to Arizona.

Notre Dame got their season started last weekend with a come-from-behind win over Canyon, and DeMartinis said he was thrilled with the outcome.

"We all felt we were better than last year and we just went to work on offense," said DeMartinis. "Those three games that Dayne (Crist) played last year helped him this time around. We just had a lot of confidence. Our goal is the state championship."

DeMartinis, while starting at offensive tackle, also saw some time rotating at defensive tackle but insisted that nothing should be made of it.

"I'm an offensive tackle, but I rotated in up front," said DeMartinis. "I want to still add some more weight for college, about 20-25 pounds."

A four-star lineman by, and the #2 offensive lineman in California in this class, DeMartinis was one of only two juniors named to the All-CIF Southern Section team in 2005. He was also a second team, Junior All-American and first team all-state underclass pick.

Academically, DeMartinis has a 3.0 GPA and took the SAT earlier this spring. Top Stories