O-Lineman Could be in Backyard

Having not offered even one offensive line prospect from the class of 2007, UCLA is being very selective in its O-line recruiting. Ironically, it could end up that after searching the nation the Bruins won't have to go any further than Sherman Oaks Notre Dame's Sam DeMartinis...

UCLA hasn't offered a scholarship to even one offensive lineman in the class of 2007 so far.

However, the Bruin staff is watching several offensive line prospects closely, and Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame tackle Sam DeMartinis (6-6, 270) is one of the top linemen on their board.

"UCLA said that they have only one offer for an offensive lineman, and any other year I would already have one," said DeMartinis. "They were at school about a week ago. I still hear a lot from them."

Despite the lack of an offer from the Bruin staff, DeMartinis, whose father Jack played at UCLA on the 1975 Rose Bowl team for Dick Vermeil, said that UCLA is still deeply in the mix for his services, and his willingness to go through the recruiting process will give UCLA a chance to decide if they will offer him.

De Martinis said of getting offered by UCLA: "If they offered, I would definitely consider them, but they probably wouldn't go straight to the top. I'd still look at all of my offers."

And he doesn't lack for offers. "I've got nine written offers and two verbal offers," said DeMartinis. "Ole Miss, San Diego State, UNLV, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson and Colorado State have given me written offers. Washington State and Colorado have given me verbal offers," said DeMartinis.

UCLA and USC maintain a presence in his top seven, while DeMartinis said he has no leader.

When asked who were his top schools, DeMartinis said "San Diego State, Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, UCLA and USC."

Several other schools besides UCLA have visited the Sherman Oaks campus in recent weeks, including USC, Virginia, Boston College and Miami.

DeMartinis has taken a handful of unofficial visits, having visited Arizona State, Washington, Oregon and Oregon State during the spring. He also attended UCLA's Junior Day and will be at one-day camps at both USC and UCLA next month.

"This summer is pretty wide open. I'll have two or three weeks off and I probably will make some unofficial trips," said DeMartinis. "I just got done with track so we're now in spring football. We like to get after it. We're not in pads but we have little blocking shields and we do team offense and team defense."

Rated a four-star lineman already by Scout.com, and one of the top three offensive linemen in the West 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.

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