Lots of Connections

Scout.com four-star offensive lineman Sam DeMartinis (6-6, 270, 5.5) said he is looking forward to taking a visit to Mississippi after this season with teammate Charlie Carmichael (OL).

Sam DeMartinis Profile

"Ole Miss has been recruiting me the hardest and they were the first to offer me," said DeMartinis, from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks (Calif.). "With Coach (Ed) Orgeron coming from USC, he was really familiar with the talent out here. My sophomore year he came to my practice to watch this cornerback…that's when he saw me. Since then he's kept in contact with my coach. That's how I first heard I had an offer.

"I talk with Coach O just about every week. I'm really excited to get out there to see and meet all the coaches and learn more about the program," he said. "Last season they had a freshman All-American--that's big for me."

DeMartinis denies a leader, but said besides Mississippi, he favors San Diego State (offer), Oregon, UCLA and USC.

"I have family connections with USC, UCLA and San Diego State. My aunt and uncle went to USC, my dad went to UCLA and my brother currently goes to San Diego State, " DeMartinis said. "I'm really fortunate because I got to go on official visits with my brother (Tony) to a lot of schools, so I feel I have a jump on the game.

"I really like Oregon. I got to know the coaches when I went up there with my brother on his official visit two years ago. Their program is going in the right direction. They had a great season last year and I think they're only getting better. I've kept in contact with Coach (Steve) Greatwood. I get letters and e-mails from them a lot.

"I'm looking at USC too. They have such a strong program and winning tradition," DeMartinis said. "It's also a hometown thing. They've sent me letters expressing interest and Coach (Pete) Carroll came to my school in early February to watch film with my coach. They haven't offered me yet, but I'm hoping to know more after Junior Day (April 2).

"I grew up liking the Bruins, so they are a natural choice for me. My dad went to UCLA and we had season tickets since I was little," he said. "I really love the program and the whole Rose Bowl atmospshere. I went to Junior Day (March 3) and they told me they only have one or two O-Line scholarships to give out this year. That's the only thing--the depth is something to consider. I want to play early and that might not be possible at UCLA.

"San Diego State was my second offer," DeMartinis said. "I'm really familiar with the program and the school because my brother plays for them (DE Tony DeMartinis). They have a brand new coaching staff that I think can really turn the program around. Right now, their biggest need is offensive line, so I know I could see early playing time there. I really love the city too."

DeMartinis said that even though it would be nice to play on the same team as his brother, it would not be a big influence in his decision. He is more concerned about the academics, quality of the programs and playing time. He plans on making his decision in mid-January.

"I want to take my time and take all five official visits," DeMartinis said. "I know I want to go to Ole Miss for sure and maybe San Diego State. I'm going up to visit Oregon, Oregon State and Washington (unofficially) during spring break. Other than that, I really don't know.

"There's nothing definite right now," DeMartinis said when asked if he would be attending any camps or combines this summer, "I'd like to do some different camps, but I just haven't set anything."

Final junior (13-1) stats: 45 pancake blocks

Bench: 340/Squat: 500/ Power Clean: 250

DeMartinis reports a 3.0 core GPA/April 1 first time SAT/May 4 first time ACT.

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