Earlier in the month, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame offensive lineman Sam DeMartinis narrowed his choices to a pair of Pac 10 schools- Cal and Arizona State. The talented lineman will take an unofficial visit to one of his favorites in a couple of weeks and it wouldn't shock us if he makes a decision around the same time.
DeMartinis, 6-6, 275 pounds is one of the elite linemen in the West region and could play guard or tackle in college. He's a big, physical player who has been very well coached and has a high understanding of the game.
The lineman narrowed his choices to Arizona State and Cal and has already visited both schools unofficially.
"In the summer, I checked out both colleges along with several others," DeMartinis said. "Those two stood out and are the only schools i'm looking at right now. With ASU, i went with my family while the team was at Camp Tontozona. The thing that really stood out to me was while watching the team practice, they only had 11 offensive lineman out there so the depth chart is real promising. I think I would have a good shot to play early there if I chose ASU.
"At Cal, I really like their academics. The No. 1 goal at Cal is to get you a degree and they really want to make you a great person, not just a great football player. I'm going up there for an unofficial visit (Nov. 4) for the UCLA game and that's really the only trip I'm going to be taking during the season. Right now, my whole focus is on our season at Notre Dame and once we're done here, then I'll turn my attention to recruiting."
DeMartinis said his plan to take the week after his season and decide if he'll take official visits to ASU or Cal. He said there was a good chance he might not need to.
"I could probably make my decision without any official visits," DeMartinis said. "I've already visited both schools and I know enough about them right now to make a decision. I just don't want to put the time in to really thinking about it because like I said, I don't want anything to disctract me from our season."
Is there a leader between the two right now?
"Yeah, Cal has an edge," DeMartinis said. "I'm looking forward to the visit in a few weeks and if everything goes well and I'm really comfortable and think that's the place for me, I might just go ahead and commit while I'm on there. I don't want to speculate or anything because I don't know how the trip is going to be but I'm sure it's going to be an emotional game playing a rival and all and I do think there is a chance I could commit while I'm there."