Sam DeMartinis Profile
"After my visit, it would be safe to say that I'm slightly favoring Oregon," said DeMartinis, of Notre Dame High School. "I went up there with my friend, Charlie Carmichael (team-mate, OL), and our families. They offered both of us. We got a tour of the campus and facilities from Coach (Steve) Greatwood. The facilities were amazing. Then we got to watch practice and after that Coach (Mike) Bellotti took both of us into his office separately and told us we had a scholarship. It was great.
"The Ducks have been a strong presence in the Pac-10 for a while and I like the direction Coach Bellotti is taking them. They didn't recruit a lot of linemen this year, so I know I would have a good chance to compete for a spot early. I could definitely see myself there."
With offers from Mississippi, San Diego State, UNLV, Clemson, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and most recently, Colorado and Colorado State, DeMartinis said the Huskies and the Sun Devils are not far behind the Ducks.
"We went to visit Washington too. It was great. We got to tour the facilities and campus with Coach (Chris) Tormey. He told me that they're losing a lot of linemen, so I would definitely have an opportunity to make an impact early. Later on, we got to watch the team scrimmage. The stadium was amazing…there were so many fans. It gave us a chance to check out the team and the coaches. I really like Coach (Tyrone) Willingham and how he's turning that team around. They've had a few tough years, but that's going to change.
"I really like Arizona State too. Charlie and I went there a couple of months ago for junior day. It was great because there weren't a lot of kids there…we got one-on-one attention. We got to take a tour of the campus with Kris O'Dowd (OL, Tuscon Salpointe Catholic). All three of us thought the facilities were really nice. The campus was great and you can't beat the weather there. After the tour, we got to sit in on a position meeting. Coach (Dan) Fidler told me that they currently have 10 O-linemen…two are coming in and they'll be losing three after next season…so it'll be a good time for me to come in."
DeMartinis said that he hasn't forgotten about Ole Miss or San Diego State. "I'm really interested in taking a visit to Ole Miss. I talk to them a lot…pretty much every week. They were my first offer. I'm planning on getting out there after this season.
"San Diego State is definitely still up there," he said. "I'm really familiar with their program and the campus since my brother (DE Tony DeMartinis) plays there. I can't forget about them."
DeMartinis reports a 3.0 core GPA and is awaiting April SAT and May ACT results.
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