Lineman Gets Info at Junior Day

The 6-6, 260-pounder from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, Sam DeMartinis, attended UCLA's Junior Day last Saturday and came away with a much better idea of UCLA's offensive line recruiting situation...

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame's Sam DeMartinis could be one of the elite offensive line prospects in the nation, and the burly, athletic tackle has already received five scholarship offers.

One school he has yet to receive an offer from, but one in which he has a strong amount of interest in, is his father's alma mater, UCLA.

DeMartinis attended UCLA's Junior Day last weekend, and while he left empty-handed in the offer department, he liked what he saw.

"It went really well," DeMartinis said. "The first thing we did was watch practice and the practice went well and the intensity was really high. Then we took a tour of the weight room and the facilities. Then we got to meet with the position coaches. Coach (Jim) Colletto is new, but I really like him. He's coached for a long time and just got done coaching in the NFL," said DeMartinis.

And while UCLA didn't extend him an offer, he got some clarity on the situation. "They said they have one, maybe two scholarships to give for offensive linemen so they're holding off on offering for right now," DeMartinis said.

It was the second Junior Day for DeMartinis, having attended the Junior Day at San Diego State, where his brother Tony plays. He'll also attend USC's on April 2nd.

The five offers DeMartinis holds are from Clemson, UNLV, Washington, San Diego State and Ole Miss. "Clemson had been sending me letters that they offered me. They wanted me to come out for Junior Day, but it was on the same day as UCLA's," DeMartinis said.

DeMartinis said he wasn't in a hurry to make a decision, expecting more offers to come in before he began to pare down his choices. "Right now, I'm open to everything and as the process winds down, I'll probably narrow it down. I think I'll wait until after the season, and take all five trips," DeMartinis said.

DeMartinis and teammate Charlie Carmichael plan to take some unofficial trips during their spring break, to Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. They also plan to visit Arizona and Arizona State during the summer.

Already a four-star-rated lineman by Scout.com, 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 will take the SAT on April 1st.


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