Focus 2010: DE Hroniss Grasu

Encino (Calif.) Crespi two-way lineman Hroniss Grasu is one of the top underclassmen in California, coming off an all-state season as a sophomore and poised to be a part of Crespi's nucleus the next two years. Grasu gave us an early look at his recruitment...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi has been one of the better teams in the Southland the last few years and the well isn't going to be drying up anytime soon. The Celts have a loaded junior class and two-way lineman Hroniss Grasu (6-4, 245) is one of the underclassmen to watch.

Grasu camped at UCLA earlier this summer and had a very good showing in Westwood.

"I liked the UCLA camp a lot. Coach (Todd) Howard really taught me a lot and I learned so much the few days I was there and had a good time."

The Bruins aren't the only Pac-10 school that Grasu has had a chance to check out either.

"Washington State showed me around their campus when I was up there with my brother (Nico, a kicker for the Cougars)," said Grasu. "I'm really close with the coaches there because I met them when they were recruiting my brother and I got to know them."

Washington is also interested in Grasu, and the two Northwest schools dot his early top five, which also includes USC, UCLA and Cal.

Since Grasu has 18 months until he can sign a letter-of-intent, he's not in any rush to make a decision.

"I think I might go through the whole process to see what I have offered. My brother has been through it and he just told me to focus on my grades first, academics before football and then just work hard and it will all work out," said Grasu.

Grasu was a two-way starter for the Celts, who won the Serra League in 2007 and advanced to the CIF-SS Pac-5 Finals. While he plays on both sides of the ball, he'd like to play defense in college. But his high school coach, Jeremiah Ross, was a college OL and he thinks Grasu is best suited for offense.

"Coach Ross wants me playing on the offensive line in college but I'm not too big on the offensive line," said Grasu. "I think in college I want to play on the defensive line."

With a talented squad at Crespi last year that had five D-I signees, Grasu is no stranger to the recruiting process.

"At Crespi you get a good grasp of the whole recruiting process and I learned a lot from Kevin Prince, Joseph Fauria, L.J. Jones, Mark Watley, Austin Shanks and my brother. So I know what to expect," said Grasu.

During his sophomore season, Grasu had 40 tackles and five sacks and he earned First Team Sophomore All-State honors. Grasu also plays basketball and volleyball for the Celts.

Academically, Grasu has a 3.2 GPA.

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