Grasu Now Has Pac-10 Offers

The 6-4, 255-pound two-way lineman from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, Hroniss Grasu, had some scholarship offers, but he wanted offers from the Pac-10. So Grasu went on the road and got in front of some Pac-10 coaches, and within a few days got his wish...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi two-way lineman Hroniss Grasu (6-4, 255) waited patiently for the first few scholarship offers to trickle in, ever so slowly.

Then he began hoping for some Pac-10 offers. Beginning Saturday, over the span of four days, it happened -- three Pac-10 schools offered Grasu and now he's sitting on a half dozen offers.

"First Washington offered after I worked both sides at their camp," said Grasu. "Coach (Steve) Sarkisian offered as a center, and I was pumped because it was my first from the Pac-10. I loved the camp and the coaching staff there was awesome."

The next day brought an offer from a familiar school, Washington State, where his brother, Nico, is the kicker for the Cougs.

"The Washington State camp was real good, they said they wanted to talk as a coaching staff and then they offered me on Sunday," said Grasu. "Coach (Paul) Wulff offered me specifically as a defensive end. My brother was pumped and he called me when he heard the news. He's the best brother I could ask for and he got more pumped then I did because something good happened for me."

Tuesday brought Pac-10 offer #3, from Oregon, where his Crespi teammate, quarterback Bryan Bennett, has already committed.

"Oregon offered and I was so psyched about that one," said Grasu. "Bryan went crazy too. They offered me as a center. Oregon is an awesome place and we've talked a long time about playing together in college."

Grasu is hopeful things aren't done with the Pac-10.

"UCLA said they like me a lot, too, and like my athleticism and that they could see me play on either side of the ball," said Grasu. "I went to their one-day of their camp and it was awesome, getting to work with Coach (Todd) Howard and then work the 1-on-1s. I got to learn a lot from Coach Howard again."

Grasu started on both sides of the ball for Crespi, and has the past two seasons, with plans to do so again in 2009. Playing defensive end is where his heart is, but it's actually been on the offensive line he's been the most decorated, earning First Team All-State Underclass honors by So Grasu is becoming more and more open to playing offense.

"I'll play anything, whatever the coaches want me to play, I'll play it," said Grasu.

As far as camps are concerned, Washington's was the last one for Grasu. "I'm done with camps, I'm going to take a couple days off, then start to condition on my own with some teammates, and then start summer ball with Crespi," said Grasu.

So with more offers coming in, does that affect Grasu's timeline? "I want to do it by the beginning of the season so I could just focus on Crespi winning the CIF title," said Grasu "But I still don't know. I haven't even gotten a chance to talk with my parents yet or Coach (Jeremiah) Ross (at Crespi). I want to make sure I talk to all of them first."

One person he has talked to, though, is Nico.

"He just tells me to go where I feel like I'm at home," said Grasu. "But I know he would love for me to commit to the Cougs."

As a junior at Crespi, Grasu earned First Team All-Serra League honors and was named to the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Team and Golden State Underclass First Team.

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