Grasu talks Cougs, Dawgs, position, timetable

TWO CAMPS, TWO Pac-10 offers. That's where many of the similarities seem to end, however. One of the schools likes Hroniss Grasu out of Encino, Calif. as a hard chargin' defensive end. The other sees him as a stalwart offensive lineman, and probably a center. One of the camps was full contact, the other non-contact. The 6-3, 246-pound Grasu talks Washington State, Washington, timetable and more.

Grasu -- rated three stars and in the nation's top 75 defensive end prospects, and also the brother of Cougar kicker Nico Grasu -- has been to Washington State a number of times before. But he said this trip to Pullman was unlike any other.

"It was great, I had been to the campus many times before so I kind of knew all the coaches and all the players already because of my brother. And when I went out to that camp, I was hungry for that offer and I think I played well all day," said Grasu.

A BIG PART of what made the trip special, said Grasu, was the bond he forged with Wazzu d-line coach Malik Roberson.

"He came up to me after the one-on-ones and said I really dominated in the one-on-ones," said Grasu. "Coach Roberson is great. I hadn't really gotten any one-on-one time with him before this but this camp, me and him got really close. That was great, I really got to know him a lot better. He's a great coach and I learned a lot from him...he taught me a bunch of technique and things."

After his camp performance, Grasu talked to Paul Wulff and said he found out why the Cougars were offering him.

"I talked to him on the phone Sunday morning. He said he loved my athleticism...he recruits a lot off of character and he said he likes my character," said Wulff.

GRASU ALSO ATTENDED the UW camp for a day and it too resulted in a scholarship offer from Steve Sarkisian.

"I only went for the second day, the last day. I felt a great vibe, the coaching staff pumped me up really well, and I did really well. Coach Sark told me he wanted to talk to me after the camp and he talked to me and my mom and he offered me," said Grasu.

Grasu is listed as a defensive end prospect by Scout.com but said the UW likes him on the offensive line.

"I was also playing center at the UW camp. I think they might have offered me as a center, but coach Sark said they liked me at any position on the line," said Grasu.

While the Washington State camp was full contact, the Huskies' camp was not full pads, said Grasu.

"It was more like technique, a lot of get-offs, a lot of change of direction stuff and using our hands on the bag. It was great and I learned a lot. But it wasn't full contact," said Grasu.

GRASU'S BROTHER NICO was almost as excited as he was by the scholarship offers, said the younger Grasu.

"I called him right away after the UW offer, he was really happy for me. He goes to Washington State but anything good that happens for me, he's always really happy about that. And than I called him after the WSU offer and he was really pumped for that one," he said.

REGARDING A TIMETABLE on a verbal commitment, Grasu said he hopes to make his decision by the end of the summer.

"I hope to decide before the season because I want to concentrate on winning a state championship...and my coach, Jeremiah Ross, without him I wouldn't be here right now or be the kind of player or person I am," said Grasu.

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NOTABLE NOTES:
  • A two-way starter at both offensive and defensive lines, Grasu as a junior earned first team All-Serra league honors and was named to the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area Team.

  • He also excels in the classroom, scoring a 1770 on the SAT and is a multi-sport athlete for Crespi, starring in both basketball and volleyball.


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