Could Things Change with DeMartinis?

With limited scholarships, UCLA hasn't aggressively recruited the 6-6, 275-pound son of a former UCLA football player, Sam DeMartinis from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, but that doesn't mean they won't. The offensive line prospect updated us on his recruitment...

With Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe offensive lineman Kris O'Dowd eliminating UCLA from consideration, the Bruin staff could turn their attention to Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame tackle Sam DeMartinis (6-6, 275), should they pursue an offensive lineman in his class.

While DeMartinis has a solid group of schools that has been recruiting him aggresssively, he hasn't shut the door on UCLA, despite not receiving an offer from the Bruins.

"I still get handwritten letters from UCLA and they're still in there," said DeMartinis. "They haven't said anything about an offer though. If they did, they wouldn't shoot to the top of my list or anything, but I'd consider them."

In the meantime, the son of former Bruin lineman Jack DeMartinis has 4-5 schools that he's closely watching, with two standing out.

"Cal and Arizona State are two I'm focusing on," said DeMartinis. "Arizona is up there too. Oregon still talks to me even though they have enough O-line commitments (including one from DeMartinis' teammate Charlie Carmichael). And San Diego State, with my brother (Tony) going there, I'm still looking at them."

But DeMartinis said that the Bears and Sun Devils are at the top of the leaderboard. "I've been to each of the schools I'm looking at already (unofficially) visiting so I have a good enough knowledge," said DeMartinis. "I want to take official visits, but if our season goes as long as we're hoping it will, I won't be able to go until the middle of December. I'd like to take four at the most, maybe three of them. We just don't have any bye weeks."

DeMartinis has not set up any dates for visits yet, but said that in the next week, he would be finalizing an official trip to Arizona.

Notre Dame got their season started last weekend with a come-from-behind win over Canyon, and DeMartinis said he was thrilled with the outcome. "We all felt we were better than last year and we just went to work on offense," said DeMartinis. "Those three games that Dayne (Crist) played last year helped him this time around. We just had a lot of confidence. Our goal is the state championship."

DeMartinis, while starting at offensive tackle, also saw some time rotating at defensive tackle but insisted that nothing should be made of it. "I'm an offensive tackle, but I rotated in up front," said DeMartinis. "I want to still add some more weight for college, about 20-25 pounds."

A four-star lineman by, and the #2 offensive lineman in California 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 in spring.

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