6-6/290 Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks) High School offensive tackle Sam DeMartinis gave the Bears word after their victory that he’d be joining the Bears in 2007 in a recruiting battle that had narrowed to Cal and Arizona State in the last few weeks.
“My visit’s been great,” said DeMartinis. “It’s an unofficial trip, but I was able to participate in some of the stuff like touring campus and the March To Victory. The March really set the tone for the game.
“I actually committed 20 minutes ago,” said DeMartinis. “I was talking with (Offensive Line) Coach Michalczik and he asked me if I had anything I needed to talk about. I told him my family and I had been thinking about this for a while now and I’m ready to come here. I’m ready to be a Bear. He kind of jumped right out of his seat,” laughed DeMartinis.
“One of the thing that helped seal the deal with me was talking to a couple of the offensive linemen after the game (offensive tackles Andrew Cameron and Scott Smith), they just mentioned that this school’s a great place to be and Coach M’s one of the best coaches in the nation.”
DeMartinis had been recruited on a national level, with 14 offers, including offers from Clemson, Virginia, Ole Miss, Utah as well as much of the Pac 10. The 4 star OT was top rated tackle in California as well as the 7th rated tackle in the nation by Scout.com.
After a strong junior season, where DeMartinis helped lead his Notre Dame squad to a 13-1 record, the big tackle earned All-State Underclass honors, Mission League MVP as well as being one of only three juniors to be named to the Southern Section All-CIF team.
DeMartinis continued to earn notice with a strong performance at Scout.com’s All-American Bowl Combine in San Antonio in January as he stood out among the best of the many linemen participating, including running a nimble 4.9 shuttle. The powerful lineman also bench presses 340 pounds and squats 500.
DeMartinis’ offensive line coach, Thane Watkins had nothing but praise for DeMartinis and what he considered his big upside in future development.
“He gets bigger and stronger every day. Sam will be a dominant college offensive lineman," said Watkins.
DeMartinis will continue the strong football tradition in the DeMartinis household, joining his brother Tony, a lineman at San Diego as well as his father Jack, who played for UCLA’s Co-Pac 10 champion team (tied incidentally with Cal) in 1975 as Division 1 players in the family.
The 4 star lineman is the 3rd offensive line commit of the year for the Bears, joining Bakersfield HS offensive guard Justin Cheadle and Peninsula HS guard/center Todd Huber as a strong nucleus of incoming Cal offensive linemen.
DiMartinis also brings strong academics to the Bear program, with a 3.0 GPA as well as a 1520 SAT.
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