2007 Prospect: Sam DeMartinis

So, we now start looking toward 2007 football recruiting, and one of the guys at the top of UCLA's list has to be 6-5, 265-pound, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame offensive line prospect Sam DeMartinis, who has a special connection to UCLA...

One of the potentially elite prospects in the class of 2006 from California, and arguably one the best offensive lineman in the West, is Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame offensive tackle Sam DeMartinis (6-5, 260).

Playing left tackle for Notre Dame the past two seasons, DeMartinis received his first scholarship offer this week, from Mississippi, and is hearing from a host of schools.

UCLA, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona State, Florida State, Duke, Arizona, USC and Washington are some of the other schools who have contacted DeMartinis.

While he said the California schools are the early leaders, UCLA is the school he grew up following, and a major contender for his services.

"My dad (Jack) graduated from there. He played on their 1975 Rose Bowl team for Dick Vermeil," said DeMartinis. "I attended a lot of home games this fall and growing up."

His younger brother, Tony, was also recruited by UCLA, though the Bruins never offered. He eventually signed with San Diego State.

"I'm hearing from San Diego State some too, but I don't really want to play with my brother. I'd rather play against him," said DeMartinis. "But he gave me some advice. He told me to be interested in what every school has to offer."

DeMartinis said he didn't anticipate his recruiting lasting very long. His plan is to begin narrowing his list down as soon as more offers roll in. "It would be nice to get it over with. I'd like to make my decision before the season starts," said DeMartinis.

He plans to attend the Stanford Nike Camp as well as the Southern California Scout.com Combine, and as many junior days as he can.

"I'm probably not going to take any unofficial trips this summer or go to any team camps, but I'll go to them in the spring," said DeMartinis.

DeMartinis was one of the standout offensive lineman at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio last month. "I was really looking forward to it and I thought it went well. It gives me a heads up for what to expect at the spring combine," said DeMartinis.

Two college coaching staffs have stood out to him the most. "I met Coach (Charlie) Weis and Coach (Rob) Ianello from Notre Dame. They are pretty cool. I also have talked a lot with Coach (Karl) Dorrell from UCLA," said DeMartinis.

Ideally, DeMartinis said he'd like to stay out West. "It would be nice to stay home, but right now it doesn't matter much," DeMartinis said.

Academically, DeMartinis has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT in March.

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